Adopting an Open Approach

As a blogger during tumultous changes in the online industry and the role of the web for the end user, blogging since before the introduction of the smartphone to the average individual, I have seen the blogging world be bashed and simultaneously defended by the courts, and copyrights be enforced and ripped away. The voice of a blogger has always been a terrifying balance between extremist and overly cautious, and I have even had to jump through several hoops of change, being independent blogger to independent news media, opinions to facts to commentary. As a result, those along for the ride have seen my platform change consistently to stay in the web trend and relevant. My most recent change is one that is more fundamental of a change than I have ever dealt with before: open source.

To handle this situation, I have had to read up on open source and even attend a training on open education resources for the classroom. I have learned a few things, which present a unique struggle. The online news industry has a whole has a difficult time with the concept of a paywall, because the paywall eventually drives away business. Then there was the dawn of custom advertisements, but in the age of privacy, adblockers are becoming the norm by which larger groups cry foul. Personally, I reject the notion of a paywall and believe that adblockers are needed to keep privacy. So then comes the struggle: how to stay profitable and afloat in this lack of revenue? Personally, I have not. I have never done ads or installed a paywall, and instead “wrote for free,” getting visibility yet retaining copyright on my works.

As of a few days ago, that all changed. In a soon to come newsletter to Scripted Genius subscribers, the Scripted Genius Network is changing its content structure to go open source, with a few limitations.

  • All Scripted Genius names, logos, and like works are remaining under full copyright, all rights reserved, with any exceptions specifically mentioned in the Scripted Genius Terms of Service.
  • Apart from the aforementioned copyright, all other works, including prior works, are changing to open source. To be specific, these works now fall under the Creative Commons Attribution-ShareAlike License (image below).

I am both excited and terrified to make this change. I hope that those wanting to use my material will still give me a heads up, and attribution is still required under this Creative Commons license. At the same time, I don’t know the long-term effects of it. I want to protect my creative work, but at the same time, I want to share it freely. That’s why I publish short ebooks to Kindle but offer free pdfs for download at the same time (note: I will have future longer ebooks to publish that will be limited to Kindle purchase, but all content will come from my sites that one could search on their own).

So, here it is, in its boxed glory:

Creative Commons License

This work by Scripted Genius is licensed under a Creative Commons Attribution-ShareAlike 4.0 International License.
All logos fall under Scripted Genius copyright.

 

And that’s all there is to it. So much fuss for such a seemingly small change, but it’s a paradigm change. I believe in open and free, and think the paywall needs to be broken down. I support the open economy, and I hope that those that support me and my stance will help me out in the future. I will eventually be launching a giving option for my blogs and ministry site, once I finish my revamp of the look and feel (almost done – just two more sites to go!).

Thanks for reading! While I don’t have comments enabled on my blog, comments are encouraged on Medium and social media!

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