A Change of Copyright, Plus Free GPL Banner!

I want this blog to be usable to as many people as possible, so I am changing several aspects of its copyright. Here is an overview of the new copyright setup:

I felt that Creative Commons was the best choice for the “literary” content of BG because the GNU Free Documentation License can make FDL-licensed materials unusable in non-FDL contexts. I also removed the NonCommercial restriction to the license because if the content is helpful, I want people to be able make use of BG’s content if they want to, even if it is in a commercial context.

I felt that the GPL was the best choice for any source code I write because it would make it generally compatible with most currently available Free/Open Source Software. I realized that by omission I my source code was put under the CC license as well, and I want to explicitly state that all source code (unless otherwise stated) on BG is licensed under the GPL v3 License. I found that there aren’t any good 80×15 banners for the GPL, so I made one:

GPL v3 License

GPL v3 License


I am making the banner copyright under the Creative Commons Attribution-ShareAlike 3.0 Unported License. To post it on your own website you can use the following code:

<a rel="license" href="http://www.gnu.org/licenses/gpl.html"><img title="GPL v3 License" src="https://becomingaglider.files.wordpress.com/2011/02/gpl-v3-80x15-1.png" width="80" height="15" /></a>

You can attribute it to me by linking to my website somewhere on your site — I wouldn’t even require attribution except that CC doesn’t have a pure ShareAlike license (I don’t mind if you forget to attribute — I’m happy if anyone can make use of my work elsewhere).

UPDATE: I just had a thought — if you use my GPL banner, go ahead and put a link to the website you used it on in the comments. I would really love to see what projects take a liking to it, and you just may get a free plug from me 😉 .


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