Update: Please see the latest license information posted on March 3, 2019. It turns out that this idea doesn’t work out so well. I still want to share, we just want to be more careful that we are honouring everyone’s contributions.
Subtitled: Licensing my content on this blog.
This might be a stupid idea. It scares me even to write these words. Here it goes. Unless otherwise stated, anything that you find on this blog is covered under the Creative Commons Zero (CC0) license.
Why Would I Do This?
The Creative Commons Zero License allows you to use any of the content here in any way that you want to. You can sell it, write about it, use it in your books, or ignore it. There are a few light requirements when you use the content under this license.
I want to see how much I can give away, and how big of a difference I can make in this world. (Don’t get me wrong, I still want to be able to eat, and I do enjoy having a working furnace in our frigid Canadian winters. I expect to make money from something that I offer that is valuable to other people. Making the money I need to live is an instrument that I use to be able to give away as much as I can to help others.)
Using the CC0 license means that there is a license on the material. You are just able to use the content in the way that you need to as you continue to change the world.
What is covered by the CC0 (Creative Commons Zero) license
The CC0 license covers everything that you read in this blog. Unless it falls into the What is not covered category. Since that category is smaller, it is easier to define that.
In short: Everything is licensed under the CC0 license, except. . .
What is not covered
Anything that is not mine in the first place.
For example, my WordPress template is called Renden Pro. I might put in content or links that belong to someone else. I might even post something that someone has put a license on somewhere else. CC0 does not cover all of that content. I hope that I would have put the proper attribution on it, but if I accidentally don’t, it is up to you to make sure that you are using the items within the license that the creator put on it.
To reiterate – Anything that explicitly says that it has another license is not covered by CC0. There will be items that I may add a more restrictive license to. When that happens, I will let you know — no tricks. But you can expect that most of my content will be CC0.
What’s mine is yours and hopefully can belong to everyone. Let’s all lift each other up.