Friday, July 10, 2009

Some rights reserved

Today, I've added a Creative Commons license to this blog. The tag line for Creative Commons is "some rights reserved" a play on "all rights reserved" that frequently accompanies copyright notices.

You might notice that every post on this blog has an accompanying picture on it. Well, today, it just got easier for me to find pictures to use. Google image search just launched the ability to search images by usage rights. The image on the right comes to you courtesy of TylarX (thanks!) who put it on his Flickr album and licensed it for usage via Creative Commons so I could find it with Google. Just click on the image to be taken to the original image and license information.

In case you haven't heard of Creative Commons, it's a non-profit organization that solves one of the major problems people have with sharing their creations: we're not lawyers. The lawyers at Creative Commons have created a set of licenses that make it easy to share your work without giving up the copyright and without granting permission you didn't intend to.

If you want to add a license to your blog, here are the three easy steps:
  1. Use Creative Common's license selection tool to pick the right license.
  2. Copy the license and paste it into your blog template.
  3. Since a Creative Commons license works with a copyright, also include a standard copyright notice: ©<year><your name>.

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