I’ve had my work plagiarized before. Have you?
A story I worked very carefully, very long, and very hard to craft was completely ripped off. Two separate copyright lawyers, working independently of one another, each determined that I had a real, winnable legal case… and both of them advised me not to pursue it. Take all that energy and money you’d put into getting your rights back, they told me, and use it to write something new. To be blunt: it did not feel good. But I took their advice, and I have not looked back. It was the right decision.
(Don’t ask for details; I’m being very intentionally and very self-protectively vague… on the long-ago advice of counsel.)
What I determined not to let be taken from me, no matter what I lived through, was my spirit of collaboration and cooperation.
I want my ideas, my work, to spread: to inspire new work and new ideas. I want this to be the kind of world in which the things we all create—artists and non-artists alike—are created for the general good of humanity. And I want to be part of creating that world.
So… I’ve made the content on this site available under a Creative Commons license. What I ask, if you share any of it, is that you cite me in doing so by directly linking your work to this site. I also ask that if you remix anything you’ve found on here, you contact me and let me know about it (in addition to citing me). Finally, please don’t just make small changes to something you found here and call it your own. (I’m following playwright Charles Mee’s approach to copyright in this regard.) Just… be cool.
Fair deal, no?