So I have decided to reclassify everything I post on this blog under the Creative Commons license, specifically CC BY-NC-ND. Briefly, this license allows you to freely copy and redistribute my work with the following stipulations (per the Creative Commons definition):
Attribution — You must attribute the work in the manner specified by the author or licensor (but not in any way that suggests that they endorse you or your use of the work).
Noncommercial — You may not use this work for commercial purposes.
No Derivative Works — You may not alter, transform, or build upon this work.
By attribution, all I mean is a mention on your page of my name (Mike Maginnis) and where you got the content. So, something like this: Content by Mike Maginnis, http://6502lane.net. Simple enough, yes? For example, if you post my photos on your own Apple II-related FTP site, a text file containing that line in the directory where the pictures are stored is all that is necessary. If you include them in an HTML-formatted page, simply include the line somewhere on that same page. If you don’t, you’ll probably get an email from me asking you to add the attribution, or remove the content.
I haven’t had an issue with anyone modifying my stuff, or trying to sell it (yeah, good luck with that) so attribution is the main point I’m concerned with here. I think, as a human it’s natural to want to be acknowledged for the work I do, and that’s really all I’m asking for.
I do understand that this has no practical effect on the actions of anyone else, and my decision to CC-license this stuff is made purely to ease my ill will about the content being reposted. In coming to terms with my anger over the rude behavior of a rotten few, and finding a solution I can live with, I feel I can put this behind me and get back to doing what I love: writing about the Apple II and building this blog.
If you’ve read this far, thanks. This will be the last time I post publicly about it.