Please Steal My Content

The content I’ve created on this blog is original, but I am no means attached to it.

In other words, I’m not copyrighting anything I’ve done here — I want it to be open-source, for people to take it and use it.

Aside from the usual sharing my content through social media, which would be pretty awesome if people did to be quite frank, the most meaningful way of spreading my work would for people to make their own work inspired by mine.

Take my blog post on best rap lyrics about basketball players. If one were to make a video version of it like the ones that populated YouTube at its infancy and credited my blog post as inspiration in the description, it would mean so much more than a simple tweet.

It could lead to the Long Tail of YouTube helping my blog grow — if the video gets even 100 viewers, I anticipate at least a quarter of them to click the link to my blog and at least a fifth of those to like it enough to follow my blog. That’s five followers right there!

Any form of sharing my stuff would exceed my wildest expectations, but if I could inspire others to create themselves, I imagine it would be a feeling like not other.

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All is Fair (Use) in Love and War (and Creative Commons)

basketball-game-competition-sport-39593.jpegI chose an image off of Google of the Georgetown Bulldogs taking on the Florida Gators in an NCAA men’s basketball game. I was surprised to see a photo from a game disputed between two Power Five programs being available for free use, so I jumped on the opportunity to use it.

My usage of this image falls under Fair Use for purposes because of its use — I’m using it for scholastic purposes as this article is for a class.

It’s favorable to my educational objectives — if I don’t do this assignment, I’ll make it harder on myself to pass the class.

It’s a small quantity as the photo is one of many taken by the same photographer at the Florida x Georgetown contest that day.

Finally, and in my opinion most importantly, my use of the image has no significant effect on the market or potential market for copyrighted work — I’m not profiting off of the photos use and it certainly won’t affect others from using it.

In all, I don’t see there being an issue with me using this image, at the very least when it comes to copyright. Whether those players or those teams want to be featured on my blog is another story.