A Creative Commons licence for blog and book

I have decided to change the way this blog is licensed and to start using a Creative Commons licence instead of simple copyright. At the same time, I am giving away the pdf version of Open Fidelity – an A-Z Guide free under the same Creative Commons licence: it is now here.

This is part of a broader rethink of the purpose of the book and blog that I’ve been doing in the last few weeks. I’ve realised that the attempt to make this project into a business has been working against my aims. I would like the world to know more about Open Fidelity, and charging people to read about it hasn’t helped with this.

I’ve been influenced by the open source software movement and also the open access publishing movement. I think the time has come for me to make my work available to all, without unreasonable restrictions, for reuse and distribution, so that as many people can learn about these ideas as possible. I have made a new version of the book for this purpose, which is unchanged in the A-Z pages but has some changes in the copyright page and a couple of pages about future projects have been removed from the end. This version is an unrestricted pdf file, so you can print it and copy text from it.

The terms of the licence I have chosen for both the book and this blog are available here. Briefly, they say that you are free to copy, distribute and display the work under the following conditions: you must give the original author (me) credit; you may not use it for commercial purposes; and you may not alter, transform, or build upon it. For any reuse or distribution, you must make the licence terms clear to others. Any of these conditions can be waived if you get my permission, however. If you would like to translate it into another language, for example, I’d like you to contact me to arrange permission, though I’m very likely to give it.

So if you haven’t yet read Open Fidelity – an A-Z Guide, download a copy now.

I may not be posting very often from now on, but will post occasional announcements when something interesting comes up. Oh, and in case you’re wondering from my previous post, the TV appearance I mentioned was cancelled. The series it was going to be part of isn’t yet out but should still be interesting.

4 Responses to “A Creative Commons licence for blog and book”

  1. Hi Anna,
    Thanks so much for making your book available online! I’ve downloaded it and can’t wait to read. Also, a quick update: If you remember my comment a little over a month ago, I had fallen in love with someone other than my husband. I’ve since told my husband and, although there were some painful moments as we struggled to understand each other and heal from the secrets, we’ve now reached a place of true understanding. We both believe that opening our marriage up, rather than forcing ourselves to deny feelings and experiences that could be beautiful, is the healthiest thing possible for us. There is still plenty of adjustment and communication to do (for me and my husband, as well as me and my new partner), but we’re doing remarkably well so far! I credit your writings with giving me a new understanding of myself and my marriage, and giving me the courage to do the best possible thing in my situation. Thank you so very much for sharing your much-needed perspective with the world.
    Much love,

  2. Hi Sam

    I’m really glad that you managed to tell your husband and that he has understood. Thanks for telling your story here – it will be an inspiration to others, showing that this most difficult thing can be done. I’m so glad I’ve been of some help.

  3. I think this is great. Well done Anna, I think you made a wise decision. :)

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