A few weeks back I attended an IT-architecture conference in Aarhus, Denmark and one of the sessions I participated in was about licensing your software with OSS-licensing. It was originally about software licensing, but at the end of the session, the speaker asked the audience:
How many of you are bloggers?
A few of us raised our hands. Then he asked:
How many of you have thought about how you license your blog entries?
Well, I for one didn't have a clue. Then the other day I noticed a small image on the bottom of the posts of Rick Jelliffe saying "Some rights reserved". It linked to Creative Commons and that kindda got the ball rollin'. I read about the different license-models and I have come to the conclusion that the license most applicaple to me and the content I put online is the "Attribution"-model. This is the least restrictive of the Creative Commons licenses and is says in abstract:
This license lets others distribute, remix, tweak, and build upon your
work, even commercially, as long as they credit you for the original
creation. This is the most accommodating of licenses offered, in terms
of what others can do with your works licensed under Attribution.
One reason I chose this was that I hereby grant everyone the right to use my work commercially. You see, say I in a post made an argument that Rob Weir liked so much that he wanted to quote me on his blog. Even though I am not a lawyer, I could fear that he might not publish it if it was under a "non-commercial"-license (IBM being a commercial company and all). So to be sure that most of you will be able to use the work I publish here, I chose the "Attribution"-license for my entries.
What about the rest of you - have you thought of this?