You read that title correct.
If you read something in these articles that inspire you to share it somewhere else, go on and copy and paste it. While it would be nice to receive a contextual link back with a citation of my name to whatever you’re quoting, you’re not obligated. Just take it, use it, share it, blog it, mention it on television, include it in your book, whatever.
This blog’s content policy is specific, quoting in part:
All words, images, video, and other content on this blog are uncopyrightable except where specified as the property of someone else.
That language has been there for many months. I’m announcing it now.
Click that uncopyrightable link to read what Leo Babauta writes about copyrights vs uncopyrights.
Here’s the meat:
Copyright stems from a protective mindset, one that believes the creator owns his work, and must protect that ownership in order to profit from said work. The creator will share his work with others, but only at a price, and anyone who takes without paying, or uses it as a basis for further creations, is stealing.
That’s the copyright mindset.
The uncopyright mindset is that of someone who gives without any guarantee of profit, who lets go of ownership and believes the world owns his creation. He hopes to contribute to the world in a small way, and if others benefit from this contribution, that’s a good thing. And if others use his contribution to create something new and beautiful, that’s a wonderful thing.
The uncopyright creator lets go of ownership, because to hold on to ownership hurts the world, and to try to protect that ownership leads to unnecessary stress.
Why should my blog be any different?
Cognizant so-called scraping websites have stolen my blog content in full or in part for years, I point you once again to the updated list of plugins on this blog and that the RSS Footer plugin has been installed here for over two years. Scroll to the bottom of this scraped page to see the plugin in action, to see my name and my source link in the footer.
Some people cry foul at stolen content. That’s their right.
To the scrapers and to you, I encourage you to consider that stealing is sharing and I humbly ask you to share the social web with me. Use what you want, link back to me and mention my name if you have a good heart but you can use it without mentioning my name if you prefer.
Who’s with me in giving up control?