On Licensing

Hey there, folks!  Some issues with the way that we license our works from authors came up recently, and I figured it was probably about time that we make all of that as clear as we can!

Everything on the [adjective][species] site, including its sub-sites such as the visualizations and, to a lesser extent, polls, is licensed from the author. All we do is ask the author for the rights to post their content under a certain license. They can choose not to accept that license and opt for something more or less restrictive if they want, but so far, that’s not been an issue. The license that we use is called the Creative Commons license. This is a very liberal license that allows work to be shared freely on the internet. The CC license comes with a few different ‘clauses’ that can be added on to modify the terms of the license. In our case, we use the CC BY-NC-SA 3.0 version (we’re currently looking into upgrading to the 4.0 version).

What does this mean?

This means that anyone – including you, and including syndicators, such as Flayrah, who syndicates our articles through RSS – is free to take the articles on our site and share them, remix them, use them for your own purposes! Totally free. We make no money off anything at [a][s], so we’re not about to start clamping down for any reason.

So what does the BY-NC-SA stand for?

  • The BY portion means that you can repost or remix any of our content, so long as you attribute it back to us.
  • NC stands for Non-Commercial. That means that you can share, mash up, or use any of our content, so long as you aren’t making a profit on it. We want our articles to be free for anyone, inside the fandom or out, to read. This means not posting anything behind a paywall.
  • SA stands for Share-Alike. What the Share-Alike clause means is that you can share our content however you like, EXCEPT that it must be licensed under the same CC BY-NC-SA license, which just means putting that somewhere around the article.

So, to reiterate, you may post anything we license out on the web, so long as you

  1. Credit the author (or, failing that, [adjective][species])
  2. Release it for free
  3. Put “This article released under a Creative Commons BY-NC-SA 3.0 license” somewhere, such as at the bottom of the article or after the attribution.

I do apologize for the complexities of licensing, but [adjective][species], as a business, does bear some of the legal, not to mention ethical, burden of ensuring that our writers are fairly recognized as fantastic contributors to the furry subculture, and so we really do try to make sure that that is the case.  If you have any additional comments, you can feel free to respond here, or, if ever you want, email me at makyo@adjectivespecies.com

All my best,

~Makyo/Madison Scott-Clary

About Makyo

Makyo spends her time as a frumpy snow leopard, usually, but she's all over the map. She's been around furry since about 2000 under a variety of names. She writes, programs, and screws around with music.

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5 thoughts on “On Licensing

  1. Are you reading minds? Because yesterday I was writing one email to ask about this subject to you, but I saved the draft instead of sending it. It’s very nice to see initiatives like this, personally I think the furry fandom needs more valuable contents such texts that leads knowledge and to help against misconceptions about the furry culture.

    1. Alas, I missed telepathy day in fox school because I was picking flowers for a flower crown. Even so, I’m glad for the coincidence! We’re more than happy to share all that we have as far as we can while still respecting those who contribute to the site. Since regular contributors get a mention and guest posters get a blurb and a link, something like Creative Commons serves us well: we can share as well as directing folks to further creations. If you do have any questions, though, please do not hesitate to email us, and we’ll be happy to answer to the best of our abilities!

  2. There is one item that gives me a little concern. If I may point specifically at my essay http://www.adjectivespecies.com/2015/03/01/finding-the-animals-in-modern-poetry/
    you may see that I included excerpts from published poets, _and_ I included three entire poems from published poets (Levertov, Strand, and Bly). I understand the fair use of excerpts from the published works of authors, but do we have any problem here with having entire poems of theirs contained in my essay?

    1. Ah, that’s a good point. Both this and Lu’s poetry post are probably worth an expanded license at the bottom. Thanks for bringing this up!

  3. Thank you for your reply, Makyo. I was just concerned that in any future use of an essay such as mine that the future user must understand that the poems remain the intellectual property of the original author even though the rest of the essay is available for fair use. I feel that perhaps I stretched the fair use doctrine a bit in including those complete poems. Like any criminal, I have my rationalizations and excuses, of course : )

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