Hail Caesar: Creative Commons and the Small Press

Brandon Bell

This is a guest post by Brandon H. Bell, editor of Fantastique Unfettered, which he publishes under a Creative Commons Attribution-Sharealike license.  In this post he explains why.  We're running it not because we agree with everything in it, but because we agree so strongly with his main points: that releasing works under freedom-friendly terms is compatible with profitability and helps deserving works avoid obscurity.  It's great to see a small press fully embrace this.  The rest is by Brandon H. Bell...

Hail Caesar: Creative Commons and the Small Press

"It is not these well-fed long-haired men that I fear, but the pale and the hungry-looking."
            --Julius Caesar

  1. Write story
  2. Get said story published
  3. Profit! Karma!

I believe short fiction is important. The small press magazine I edit (Fantastique Unfettered, aka FU) uses a Creative Commons license, CC-BY-SA, for reasons related to this view, and in service to the dual end-goals of money and karma on behalf of the writers we publish.

Some copylove from the Free Motion Quilting Project.

The Free Motion Quilting Project logo

Why are we loving Leah Day's Free Motion Quilting Project right now?

It's easier to quote than explain:

"Please feel free to use any of the designs shared in The Free Motion Quilting Project within your quilts.  There are NO restrictions on where you can use these designs: for sale, show, gifts, or personal use."

But wait, it gets better:

Copiar não é roubar -- "Copying Is Not Theft" sung in Brazilian Portuguese!

Fernando Chiocca of www.mises.org.br has re-recorded our Minute Meme Copying Is Not Theft — with the vocal track sung (and sung well) in Brazilian Portuguese!

You can also download a hi-def version here.

Thanks, Fernando, for helping to spread the word!


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