Opening Up

Inspired by Cory Doctorow, I’ve moved all of my short stories into the wiki. I’ve been thinking about this for a while, but was always concerned about copyright issues. The thing was, that’s pretty much the phrase I was concerned about, I’d never bothered really think about what specifically was worrying me. On reflection, the only two issues I could think of were:

  • Somebody might steal my work and publish it under their name. Quite why this was a worry I don’t know – it’s not like any of it is actually of publishable quality!
  • If I publish it on the internet do I lose all rights? What if I become a best-selling author in the future and want to publish a book of my early nonsense?

I needn’t have worried. Had I thought about things, I’d have realised that the Attribution-NonCommercial-ShareAlike Creative Commons license under which the wiki operates completely covers me for the above. The stories are in the wiki, and anybody is free to take them and do with them as they will. Providing that they:

  1. Give me credit for the original work
  2. Do not use the work for commercial purposes
  3. Release the work under an identical license

So that’s cool. Frankly, I’ll be flattered if this ever comes into play ever ever ever, but it’s nice to know that I can share without concern. I’ve added one more story already, and I’ll try to put as much up there as possible (including a certain Mr Todbury). I’ll assemble all of my sub-poetic ramblings soon, too.

As I mentioned above, I only realised that this was possible through Cory Doctorow’s similar approach. He’s a cool guy – you should visit his site 😉