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License and registration, please

Now that LinuxCon North America is over, and it was quite a show, I think they’ve got the publicity thing covered, especially with the gangster-themed gala and all the great presentations that were given at the event. But if you’re going to the next show, make it the Ohio LinuxFest in September. Bradley Kuhn and Cathy Malmrose are keynoting, so you’ll not want to miss that (especially Cathy — Go ZaReason!)

Over the weekend, I got a what I thought (and still think) was an innocuous linkback to my last blog item about The Elmers. I allowed myself a moment to be flattered and approved it. Shortly afterward, I looked at the link because it is one I hadn’t seen before, and apparently the person who owns this site likes to take it upon him/herself to repost things without identifying where they originate.

Don’t take my word for it. Judge for yourself here (Blogger’s note: The site is down now). This could be a “test” page, judging from the URL, however if it is a test page, it’s getting out in the public. Otherwise, why would it ping back to me?

I don’t mind so much being reposted — in fact, as I mentioned before, I’m flattered someone likes my work so much that they’re moved to actively put control-v to work — and I welcome those who repost Linux news and commentary items (my hat is off to you, LXer.com and tuxmachines.org, and thank you for posting my stuff that links directly back to this blog).

However, posting items from other blogs verbatim without either linking back to the original or without attribution? Not bueno.

This blog appears under the Creative Commons Attribution-NonCommercial-NoDerivs CC BY-NC-ND license. Download it and share it as long as you credit me as the author, but don’t change it or use it commercially. I don’t think that’s too much to ask. Want to use it commercially or an any way that is different from what’s outlined in the license? I’m flexible and you can e-mail me and, chances are, I’ll be OK with it. But ask first.

You’ll be seeing the license information below from here on in. I find it unfortunate to do this, but since I’m now appearing on a blog that has no clear identity, it’s necessary.

As for the owner of this blog, I’ll let you off with a friendly warning: If you add links to my items you posted, as you did with the Apache and WordPress items on your site, then we’re OK. Otherwise, we’re not OK, and you’ll have to remove them as soon as possible.

This blog, and all other blogs by Larry the Free Software Guy and Larry Cafiero, are licensed under the current version of the Creative Commons Attribution-NonCommercial-NoDerivs CC BY-NC-ND license. In short, this license allows others to download this work and share it with others as long as they credit me as the author, but others can’t change it in any way or use it commercially.

[FSF Associate Member] (Larry Cafiero is one of the founders of the Lindependence Project and has just started developing software in his new home office. Watch this space.)
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  1. August 22, 2011 at 9:48 am | #1

    If you’re really serious about attribution, then go after them. Otherwise you set a presedence that it’s ok to do whatever anyone likes with your content.

    • August 22, 2011 at 9:57 am | #2

      Hi, Karlie!

      Judging from the site, the URL and the content, including mine, it appears to me that the person running this blog may not have a handle on WordPress and how it works.

      But I do want to protect what I write. I think that finally licensing my blog with a CC license — I didn’t think that was necessary until this came up — should fix things. If it continues, I’ll get on the legal horse, so to speak.

  2. Bob McKeand
    August 23, 2011 at 10:30 am | #3

    All your blogs belong to us.

    Be safe, it is always the nice people that get
    in trouble. Get some CC now, before something
    happens.

    Keep Linux safe.

    Peace, Bob

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