Creative Commons in Mexico

My bride and I recently returned from Mexico where we spent a week of our honeymoon. In preparation for the trip I loaded my PSP (Playstation Portable) chock full of stories written by BoingBoinger, and Canadian Author, Cory Doctorow.

Cory has done a wonderful thing and released the majority (if not all) of his written works under a Creative Commons Attribution-NonCommercial-ShareAlike license. What does that mean for a guy who’s flying 5 hours direct from Vancouver to Puerto Vallarta? That means I’ve got more than enough reading material for the flight there, 7 days of relaxing under the sun, and the 5 hour return flight home. I appreciate that I’m able to download the stories without fear of persecution and in so doing, if I ever come across the books in a store, I will be sure to purchase at least one.

I recommend the following short stories as my favorites:

  • When Sysadmins Ruled the Earth
  • A Place so Foreign
  • Return to Pleasure Island

The significance of Creative Commons

A work or title released under the Creative Commons Attribution-NonCommercial-ShareAlike license gives the public the right to download, copy, and share/redistribute the work or title without fear of persecution. There’s more to it than that, and I encourage you to look into the licensing information yourself. In short, you reap the benefits of someone else’s hard work without being held accountable for not financially supporting the other person. Just don’t try to make a profit off copies of someone else’s hard work under that license.

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