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Creative Commons Attribution-NonCommercial-ShareAlike 4.0 International

I wanted to mark the blog in a way which copyrights my work unless separately attributed, allows anyone to use it or make derivitaves of it but not commercially, under the same terms, with attribution to me, thourh my company, such as it is. Guess what, the Creative Commons CC BY-NC-SA 4.0, also known as the Attribution-NonCommercial-ShareAlike 4.0 International License is just the job!

Why CC BY-NC-SA 4.0 ?

This license is the latest revision from Creative Commons fixing some issues with previous licences lately pointed out by Cory Doctorow. It requires that reusers give credit to the creator. It allows reusers to distribute, remix, adapt, and build upon the material in any medium or format, for noncommercial purposes only. If others modify or adapt the material, they must license the modified material under identical terms.

TL:DR — I chose Attribution-NonCommercial-ShareAlike 4.0 International License for all content on this site unless separately attributed, because it is the latest recommended licence which meets my needs. YMMV.

Attribution-NonCommercial-ShareAlike 4.0 International

  • BY: Credit must be given to you, the creator.
  • NC: Only noncommercial use of your work is permitted. Noncommercial means not primarily intended for or directed towards commercial advantage or monetary compensation.
  • SA: Adaptations must be shared under the same terms.

Creative Commons best practice says "If you are licensing or marking one work, paste the code next to it. If you are licensing or marking the whole page or blog, you can paste the code at the bottom of the page.". So I can add the attribution to the footer of my site and that ends up being just one pasteable block of code from the license generator.

Article text and original graphics and screenshots on by Angus Fox, Multizone Limited are licensed under Attribution-NonCommercial-ShareAlike 4.0 International


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