Last week, I told you that I’m no longer vain enough nor protective enough to require copyright laws applied to my words. While I’ve coined the term “Intentionally Uncopyrighted” to describe my views on the subject, the uncopyright movement doesn’t start with me. In this follow-up post (actually written just seconds after the original one), I’m offering credit where it is due, though not required.
Subject to correction by commenters here, the uncopyright movement may have been started by Leo Babauta in the post “Open Source Blogging: Feel Free to Steal My Content” on his zenhabits blog (a blog well worth reading, by the way). He also applied the concept to his mnmlist blog in the post “Uncopyright and the minimalist mindset“. If someone else originated the concept, I’d like to credit them, although he or she certainly won’t mind if I don’t.
A Google search for the term “uncopyright” turns up some interesting blogs that are swinging in the direction of free-flying words. David in Japan has a nice explanation of his reasons for going uncopyrighted (citing Leo, too). The Heart and Craft of Life Writing has lost the copyright notice, too.
Do the search for yourself and see who you turn up.
While copyrighted blogs sometimes sing with insights you can’t find in traditional media, my Intentionally Uncopyrighted blog joins the growing uncopyright movement in a rarely-heard chorus: Take what you like. There’s plenty for everyone.
Gip Plaster is a web content writer. Previously a journalist, online bookseller and even a corporate advertising guy, Gip now specialize in writing high-quality content for websites — his and other people’s. Visit Gip’s Front Yard (www.gipsfrontyard.com) too.