Uncopyright

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On a lot of my sites, you may notice an “uncopyright” notice that reads similar to the following: “everything on this site, unless otherwise noted, including the activities, curriculum, articles, and blog posts, is uncopyrighted.”

What is this all about? Well, as Meg & I wrote on The Safe Zone Project…

What this means: we wish everything we’ve created here to be part of the public domain, there is no need to ask permission to use any of it – it is yours to do as you please. While we appreciate attribution, shout outs, head nods as much as the next, citing us and how you use the work we’re publishing here (unless otherwise noted)it is entirely up to you.

We want people to use this stuff and we feel the best way to do that is to do what we can to remove barriers. We believe that much of the material that we’ve contributed to this site is hardly “ours” — but our take on work that belongs to the community of social justice folks that have helped shape us and our experiences and understandings. This compels us not to claim any of this as our intellectual property.

The idea of uncopyrighting is not our original idea; we are, in the spirit of it, using an idea established on other sites including Zen Habits and It’s Pronounced Metrosexual, as well as many philosophies found in Charles Eisenstein’s Sacred Economics.

Why “uncopyright” instead of something else, like the ever-popular Creative Commons? As I wrote on It’s Pronounced Metrosexual…

Why not just just go Creative Commons?

Well, I did. In September 2013 I switched over to a CC license, after becoming acquainted with that idea by a reader in an email. But after looking into it, a Creative Commons license isn’t actually much different than a copyright — it’s just an attempt to make the language and law of copyright more easily understandable to lay people. Even under Creative Commons, the creator still possesses a copyright on their work (The More You Know). The switch to a Creative Commons license really didn’t switch anything at all, so that’s why I’m doing this.

If you’d like to join the uncopyright movement, I encourage you to do so. It’s been liberating, and it’s helped my work presence online represent more fully my vision for the world. And, obviously, you don’t need permission to add the notice to your site. Just do you.