The articles in this blog are licensed under a Creative Commons Attribution-Noncommercial-Share Alike 3.0 United States License. Unless otherwise stated, you are bound by this license if you wish to use this content. If you do not wish to be bound by this license and don’t want to or can’t come to an agreement with me otherwise, you are free to not use the content.

Q: Can I link to you and quote you?

A: Um, yes. That’s fair use, and unlike some other people, I encourage that.

Q: I want to use your material on my web site, but I collect revenue from ads. Is this considered commercial use?

A: As long as you don’t lock the content to the ads (e.g., use some kind of protection scheme that forces people to see your ads or see no content at all), ad revenue by itself shall not be considered a primary commercial pursuit.

Q: I have a paid subscription service. Can I use your content if I give it away for free?

A: Giving the same material for free in one place and as paid subscription service elsewhere shall be considered as two separate instances of usage. If you have a single source that makes a distinction between free content and paid-for content, you may not use the content as this can be considered a commercial pursuit under the industry practice of “lead-ins” or “loss leaders.”

Q: Hey, are you trying to redefine the terms of the license?

A: No. The license hangs on the legal terminology “commercial advantage or private monetary compensation” but never defines it. I just picked two gray areas and helped define it. If you’re not sure, it’s best to ask.

Q: Can I use your content under other terms?

A: Yes, as long we have come to an agreement before-hand. I will use this page to list those that have permission to use my content outside of the terms of the Creative Commons Attribution-Noncommercial-Share Alike 3.0 United States License. Unless you are listed below, you are presumed to be still bound by said license.

No one has left the party yet.

Q: How do I get in contact with you?

A: Just leave a comment on this page with some contact info. I recommend not being logged into WordPress when you do this. This blog’s comments are moderated and won’t show up in public unless you have made a comment on my blog previously that I have approved (hence the whole log-out thing). Feel free to spam-proof the information just in case. I’m a bit paranoid about stuff like that myself.