Friday, January 19, 2007

licence for lecture notes

While attending LCA it occurred to me that the lecture notes from all the talks that I have given lack a copyright notice. So I now retrospectively license my lecture notes in the manner that probably matches what everyone was already doing. The Creative Commons web site has a form to allow you to easily choose a license. So I have chosen the below license, it applies to all lecture notes currently on my web site and all that I publish in future unless they contain special notice of different license conditions.

Update: From now on I am releasing all lecture notes under a non-commercial share-alike license. I had previously not given a specific license to the content on my blog - now I am specifically licensing it under a non-commercial share-alike license. This means (among other things) that you may not put my content on a web page that contains Google AdWords or any other similar advertising.

Creative Commons License

This work is licensed under a Creative Commons Attribution-Noncommercial-Share Alike 3.0 License.


Peter said...

SLUG has been asking speakers to sign a release form for permission to release slides and video footage of their talks under a creative commons licence for a while.

I'm kind of surprised the seven team didn't pick up on that idea too. Perhaps it's something that should be considered next year.

etbe said...

I signed such a release for the video of my mini-conf presentation.

However the majority of my presentations are at less formal events (EG LUGs) and I just put the notes on my web site afterwards. The event organizers usually don't record my talks so there's no need for paperwork from their end.

Putting the lecture notes on the web implies that I am permitting certain use - but not for other people who want to offer talks on the same topic.

By this post I give permission for use of my notes by anyone who wants to give talks on similar topics.