Licensing

Hey-

Listen, I know that throwing licenses at you sounds like I am trying to take away your rights– like I’m a stubborn “IM GONNA SUE YOUR ASS RIGHT NOW!” guy. I want to say that, by licensing this content, I am protecting your rights to distribute my works, and build off of it. I want to say that I am open-source by nature, and I don’t want to take anyone’s rights. That goes against almost everything I believe in, being a strong believer in the open-source philosophy–These license terms are meant to keep your freedoms to distribute, build off of, and do what you want with my works. (within reason)

Most open-source software licenses (yes, this website technically is not software[1]) are meant to take away your rights, but this site is licensed to protect said rights. I want to tell you the terms of my software, and what you can and can not do with it. All of my software is open-source, so it should not be so bad. Setting a license on your works is important–This is what GitHub says on choosealicense.com.

This website

This website is licensed under the terms of the Creative Commons Attribution 4.0 International License. The full terms are here, but here is the english, rather than legalese, because who wants to read THAT?

Terms

  1. Permissions
    1. Commercial use–You can use my works verbatim in a commercial environment free of charge
    2. Modification–You can modify my works
    3. Distribution–You can distribute my works, under the terms of the License
    4. Private use–You can use my works for your own private reasons…Knock yourself out!
  2. Limitations
    1. Liability–I cannot be held responsible for what you decide what to do with my works
    2. Trademark use–You cannot apply my works for a trademark (This won’t apply to most of you, I imagine.)
    3. Patent use–You cannot apply my works for a patent. (Again, I imagine that this won’t apply for most of you.)
    4. Warranty–If something goes wrong, I cannot be held responsible under any circumstance.
  3. Conditions
    1. License and copyright notice–You have to give credit where credit is due… Just linking to the blog post or my site is fine. :)
    2. State changes– If you change my works, you have to say what you changed.

My Software

Almost all of my software (with a few exceptions) is licensed under the GNU General Purpose Licence Version 3, or GNU GPL v3. Again, the terms are here. In English, because who wants to read THAT legalese?

Terms

  1. Permissions
    1. Commercial use–You can use, modify, and distribute this software in a commercial environment, under the terms of the License.
    2. Modification–You can modify this software.
    3. Distribution–You can distribute this software, under the terms of the License.
    4. Private use–You can use this software for your own private reasons…Knock yourself out!
  2. Limitations
    1. Liability–The author cannot be held responsible for what you decide to do with this software.
    2. Trademark use–You cannot apply this software for a trademark (This might not apply to most users).
    3. Patent use–You cannot apply this software for a patent. (Again, this might not apply to most users).
    4. Warranty–If something goes wrong, the author cannot be held responsible under any circumstance.
  3. Conditions
    1. License and copyright notice–You have to give credit where credit is due. Just linking to the documentation or the author’s site is fine. :)
    2. State changes–If you change this software, you have to clearly indicate what you changed.

Thank you! :)

Thanks for reading through this– I know it’s boring, but it’s best for everyone to read this so they know what their rights are.

Cheers,

*[1] Although it can, in some cases, be licensed as software–but I don’t count this as software. The only real software here is Jekyll, by my defenition.


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