No rights reserved.
I maintain no copyright or patent restrictions on any of my creative work.
As far as copyright and patent law are concerned,
I grant you irrevocable permission to do anything with my work that you wish.
This is a perfectly free, noncopyleft licence.
For example, you may:
- redistribute the work;
- create and distribute a derivative work;
- translate the work and distribute the translation;
- edit the work and distribute the edited version;
- combine the work with other works and distribute the result;
- aggregate the work in a distribution with other works;
- charge whatever the market will bear for the above.
Some of the creative work that I produce
is a modification derived from other persons' previous work.
Since the other persons may reserve legal rights to their work,
you might not have legal permission to do what you want with my work,
even as far as copyright and patent law are concerned.
But that could only be
because you did not have permission from the other persons;
you already have permission from me.
I request that you give me credit for my work,
and that you offer any derivative works and so forth
to other people with no conditions,
as I have offered this work to you with no conditions.
But I will not enforce these requests legally; they are not requirements.
You will have to decide for yourself.
If renouncing your entire legal monopoly seems too radical to you,
a Creative Commons licence
for your work;
but I strongly recommend that you
the NonCommercial option.
For computer programs,
General Public License.
But I recommend that you
the GNU Free Documentation License.
Since there is some confusion among people
about the purposes of copyrights and patents,
let me give an example of what I have not given you permission for.
You might copy some material that I wrote
and claim that you had written it.
Because of the permission granted here,
that would not be copyright infringement;
but it would still be plagiarism,
and your claim to have written it would still be a lie.
You might even suffer legal consequences for the plagiarism
(perhaps as enforcement of academic standards or even prosecution for fraud).
But that would not have anything to do with copyright or patent law;
furthermore, it would be the person that you lied to
(such as the instructor in your academic course
or the person that you tried to defraud)
that would be in a position to initiate legal action against you,
not me (barring some coincidence).
and copyright infringement
are very different things.
Similarly, I have not given you permission
to quote me selectively in order to mislead people about my opinions,
to spread personal information that I've asked you to keep secret,
to gouge customers
who do not realise that what you're selling them is available free online,
or otherwise to engage in practices that are unethical
for reasons other than copyright and patent monopolies
(and were unethical centuries ago before copyrights and patents were invented).
But even if you do such things,
I still will not use copyright or patent law against you.
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last edited on 2015 June 20.
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