Copyright/IP Policy

As I understand it, the Berne Convention places everything being written under copyright. What a terrible idea. Every last scrap of knowledge and culture, subjected to automatic lockdown. Yecch. I have no desire to compel anyone to not share my art with the world, so I am opting out of this mad system. Instead of copyright, I’m putting everything I make under copyleft!

To make it official: whenever permitted by law, and unless clearly and explicitly stated otherwise, any and all software and other content I write is free software/free content, and you can redistribute it and/or modify it under the terms of the GNU General Public License as published by the Free Software Foundation, either version 3 of the License, or (at your option) any later version. My programs are distributed in the hope that they will be useful, but WITHOUT ANY WARRANTY; without even the implied warranty of MERCHANTABILITY or FITNESS FOR A PARTICULAR PURPOSE. See the GNU General Public License for more details.

Additionally, whenever permitted by law and unless explicitly stated otherwise, all my work and content are also licensed under a Creative Commons Attribution-ShareAlike 4.0 International License. You are free to share (meaning to copy and redistribute the material in any medium or format) and to adapt (meaning to remix, transform, and build upon the material) for any purpose, even commercially, and I cannot revoke these freedoms as long as you follow the license terms. See the legal code for more details.

Whenever any of my work is multiply licensed, you may choose which license to follow, at your sole discretion. Please note that any source code/machine code that I write is not automatically covered by a Creative Commons license, as such licenses are not intended to be used for software. Please note, also, that I reserve the right to license my work under any other license I choose, but my doing so does not imply that the work in question is no longer covered by the above mentioned licenses.

None of the above is meant to imply that I wish to place anything I create under copyright. I only apply these measures to work that is automatically covered by copyright. This is not a copyright notice and should not be taken as one. If there are any circumstances where my work is not covered by copyright, then I wish for my work to remain uncopyrighted.

Finally, a note about fair use. Some define fair use very narrowly. I choose to define it broadly, especially when it comes to using my works. In fact, if you wish to use my work in any way, but don’t like the particular points of the licenses I chose, then here’s my offer to you: as long as you are fully honest about your use of my works (no plagiarism or misrepresentation) and as long as you offer your readers the freedom they deserve (by licensing your work under a true free license) then I will consider your use to be Fair Use, and it is my opinion that you do not need to seek my permission to make my work available in a fair and free manner. (That said, I still encourage you to use GPL or CC-BY-SA)

Now, if you’ve managed to get through all that, let me tell you why I chose the licenses I did. I chose those two licenses because they restore to you, the user/reader, the freedoms that are rightfully yours, so long as you respect the freedoms of everyone else. That is my aim, to restore freedom to everyone, and I believe that the licenses are good way to do so. But if they are not, then I encourage you to restore people’s freedom by any means necessary, no matter what the licenses say. If you are honest in your dealings and you offer to everyone else the same freedoms you enjoy, then you are my friend and ally, and I will stick up for you, even if the law doesn’t.

General Public License

Creative Commons License

Copying is an act of love. Love is not subject to law.

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