Uncopyright.

 

This Website Is Uncopyrighted

This website is uncopyrighted and that means we've put them in the public domain and released our copyright on all these works.

There is no need to email us for permission. Use our content however you want.

Email it. Share it. Reprint it (with or without credit). Change it around. Put in a bunch of swear words. It's all okay.

Attribution is appreciated but not required.

We'd prefer people buy our stuff but if they want to share with friends, they have every right to do so.

Why We've Released Copyright

I'm not a big fan of copyright laws... especially as they're being applied by corporations to crack down on the little guys so they can continue their large and many times unfair practices.

Copyrights are often said to protect the artist but in most cases the artist gets very little while greedy middlemen take most of the money.

In the time we've done this experiment, releasing copyright has not hurt us a single bit.

Actually, we suspect a lot of the protectionism touted by "anti-piracy" campaigns, lawsuits, and lobbying actually hurts the artist.

Limiting distribution to protect profits generally isn't a good thing.

The lack of copyright, and blatant copying by other artists and even businesses, never hurt Leonardo da Vinci when it comes to images like the Mona Lisa, The Last Supper, or the Vitruvian Man.

It's never hurt Shakespeare either.

We doubt that it's really ever hurt any artist (but this can't really be proven in any real way) and while we're not da Vinci or Shakespeare, copyright hasn't helped us (and uncopyright hasn't hurt us).

If someone feels like sharing our content on their blog or in any other form, that's a good thing for us.

If someone wanted to share our work with 100 friends, we don't see how that hurts us.

Our work is being spread to many more people than we could do ourself... which is something to celebrate, as we see it.

If someone wants to take our work and improve upon it, as artists have been doing forever, we think that's a great thing.

If they can take our favorite posts and make something funny, inspiring, thought-provoking, or even sad, we say more power to them.

The creative community only benefits from derivatives and inspirations.

This isn't a new concept of course and we ourselves are freely stealing this entire piece from someone else (which is the entire point).

Counter Arguments

There are a number of objects that will likely be brought up to this idea, and here are a few of our responses:

Google rank will go down... The general understanding is that Google penalizes pages that have exact duplicates on other sites when it comes to PageRank but after years of uncopyright, we have yet to see hear of loss in PageRank from the people running uncopyrighted content. Anyway, our own SEO isn't important to us.

You'll lose revenues... If people take our stuff and then redistribute it to 20 people and each of those 20 redistributes it to 20 more and those redistribute to 20 more, we'll lose $100-$200K in revenues. Maybe. If you agree with the assumption that all those people would have bought products or services from us had our work not been freely redistributed. We don't believe that. In this example, thousands of people are reading our work (and learning how to better communicate how their business model helps people through their products and services) who wouldn't have otherwise. That's good for any creator. Also, we've made more money after releasing copyright than when we had copyright.

You don't know what people will do with your work... Someone could take our work, turn it into a piece of crap, and credit us with the terrible idea. They could translate it and make all kinds of errors. They could do just about anything... but that kind of thinking stems from a mind that wants to control everything and we are of the opinion that you can't control everything and if you could, it wouldn't be a good thing. On the flipside, what if someone takes our work and turns it into something brilliant and becomes the next thought leader? Or more likely, what if they take the work and extend the concepts and make it even more useful to more people? Let's release control and see what happens. People are creative creatures. Let's see what happens.

Someone could publish a book or start a blog with all your content and make a million dollars off it... If this happens, we hope they at least give us credit. We also hope they do great things and give some of that money to a great cause.

It's still stealing... You can't steal what is freely given. It's sharing (not piracy).

© Uncopyright (you can read more about that here).