Continuing yesterday's theme: groundbyground suggested that I get a Creative Commons license. It's not so much getting a "license," in the sense that there's an application process or anything, as it is getting a graphic that links to a set of restrictions you've chosen. The one I went with is a by-nc-nd:
By: If you reprint/repost my work (which I don't encourage, but, you know, it's the internet, exercise in futility, etc.), you need to include an attribution--that is to say, who it's damn BY. And you have to give attribution the way I request it, which in my case will always be with my name and with a link back to where you found it. ("Have to," they say. Me and what army, I don't know.)
This work is licensed under a Creative Commons Attribution-NonCommercial-NoDerivs 2.5 License.
NC: Non-commercial, i.e., do not make money off my work. Which includes, let's say, using it on Cafe Press items. You could actually choose a license that allows this, by the way--if you took a photo or drew some line art that you'd be okay with people using, for example.
ND: Non-derivative, or "You may not alter, transform, or build upon this work." Don't change the curse words (unless you ask me and I give you permission, which I have done in some cases. I just don't want people changing "Oh, shit" to "Oh, poopy," which actually happened). And don't use my jokes to half-write your own parody. As I was saying last night, you could (in theory) parody my work, but you cannot use my work to parody something else.
However, this license does say that you can perform the work, which I have always given permission for as long as 1) attribution was given, 2) no profit was made and 3) any changes--not condensation, actual changes--were approved by me first. So basically, by-nc-nd. Again, by my understanding, it's not so much a license that you go "get" so much as it is an official statement of what you will and will not allow people to do with your work, and you already have the right to make that statement. Creative Commons is just a standardized way of stating it, and with a
Meanwhile, over at ursulav's journal: I'm not the only one having problems.
Slain Russian reporter's article about torture and abduction in Chechnya was to appear tomorrow.
"We never got the article, but she had evidence about these (abducted) people and there were photographs," Novaya Gazeta's deputy editor, Vitaly Yerushensky, told Ekho Moskvy radio.Doris Lessing Reflects on World, Change.
In a recent radio interview, Politkovskaya said that she was a witness in a criminal case against Moscow-backed Chechen Prime Minister Ramzan Kadyrov, whose security forces have been accused of kidnapping civilians and other abuses.
"These are cases of kidnappings, including one criminal case concerning an abduction personally involving Ramzan Kadyrov, a kidnapping of two people, whose photographs are now on my desk," she said in comments rebroadcast Sunday by Ekho Moskvy.
Shaun of the Knitted Dead.
Star Trek auction boldly goes to $7 million take.
I hadn't swung by Married to the Sea in a while, but this made me laugh out loud.
Also this one.
October: Domestic Violence Awareness Month