I believe in free culture and free software. I use the term “open source” because it is unlikely to be misinterpreted (“free” can be interpreted as referring to price or to freedom) and because I think it reflects the need to take real steps to ensure other peoples’ freedom to do what they want with what you make. It’s one thing to verbally tell people they have freedom, it’s another thing entirely to actually provide them with the tools and raw materials (the “source code”, in programming terms) which make that freedom useful.
I tend to license software under the GNU AGPL and non-software under CC BY-SA. If there are any exceptions, I will try to make note of them somewhere obvious. You can always contact me if you have any questions.
I really like the way Nina Paley put it at copyheart.org:
People copy stuff they like. They don’t copy stuff they don’t like. The more a work is copied, the more valuable it becomes. Value isn’t taken away by fans, it is added by them, every time they copy… Although we appreciate and use Free Licenses when appropriate, these aren’t solving the problems of copyright restrictions. Instead of trying to educate everyone on the complexities of copyright law, we’d rather make our intentions clear with this simple statement: ♡ Copying is an act of love. Please copy.
Copyright by James Dearing is licensed under a Creative Commons Attribution-ShareAlike 4.0 International License.