Now I’m going to take a plunge. Today, I will re-license the text of Down and Out in the Magic Kingdom under a Creative Commons “Attribution-ShareAlike-Derivs-Noncommercial” license [HUMAN READABLE LICENSE], which means that as of today, you have my blessing to create derivative works from my first book. You can make movies, audiobooks, translations, fan-fiction, slash fiction (God help us) [GEEK HIERARCHY], furry slash fiction [GEEK HIERARCHY DETAIL], poetry, translations, t-shirts, you name it, with two provisos: that one, you have to allow everyone else to rip, mix and burn your creations in the same way you’re hacking mine; and on the other hand, you’ve got to do it noncommercially.
The sky didn’t fall when I dipped my toe in. Let’s see what happens when I get in up to my knees.
The text with the new license will be online before the end of the day. Check craphound.com/down for details.
Oh, and I’m also releasing the text of this speech under a Creative Commons Public Domain dedication, [Public domain dedication] giving it away to the world to do with as it see fits. It’ll be linked off my blog, Boing Boing, before the day is through.
That’s the end of this talk, for now. Thank you all for your kind attention. I hope that you’ll keep on the lookout for more detailed topology of the shape of ebooks and help me spot them here in plain sight.
Midflight over Texas
February 4, 2004