Take my site… please!

I call your attention to the red, black, and green logo at the top right-hand corner of my blog, labeled “KOPIMI.COM“. Give it a click. Go on, I’ll wait.


The KOPIMI logo was created by the fine folks at The Pirate Bay (this link my expire without notice) and is displayed prominently on all the sites they operate.

What does the KOPIMI logo tell your users? Read the name out loud to find out.

Displaying this logo is to absolve any connections to copyright, conditions to reuse or remix or republish, or otherwise create derivative works from the content I’ve created.

Why do this? Well, why not? I write this blog to inform and entertain. I neither expect nor desire compensation for my efforts. I work hard on the content I produce but it really makes no difference to me how my work is consumed or repurposed. I publish relatively anonymously anyway, so I’d be relinquishing that anonymity

Copyrights come in many flavours, from restrictive to permissive, but even the most generous copyrights somehow rub me the wrong way. For example, there’s the ever-popular Creative Commons (CC) licenses which can limit one’s intellectual properties from being modified and/or being used for derivative commercial purposes while still claiming ownership of those assets in case of dispute. Whether this would stand up in a court of law, I’m sceptical, but it’s a pretend line in the imaginary sand nonetheless.

I’ve learned just now that CC has introduced a seemingly wide-open alternative license called Public Domain which appears to relinquish all rights of ownership for any conceivable purpose. Now we’re talking! I’m all for it. Maybe I’ll consider adding this license to my blog some time soon, but I somehow prefer washing my hands entirely of any ties to CC. The Pirate Bay seems so unequivocally in favour of the notion of bits without borders.

Subscribers to my RSS feed know that I’ve leveraged Joost de Valk‘s RSS Footer plugin for WordPress to add a few words stating that I wrote the accompanying article, with a link to the original source on my blog. I draw the line at optional (aka suggested) attribution. I’ve found my content duplicated and hosted verbatim on fully automated “scraper” sites whose sole purpose is to attract web users to show them ads. Myeh. I can’t stop it and I don’t exactly suffer because of it so no use sweating over it.

So plunder away, Internet. My blog will remain regardless of wherever it might be duplicated, in whole or in part. That’s what the internet is for; creating a facsimile does not tarnish the fidelity of the source.

P.s., observant readers may recognize my favicon (the image next to my URL in the address bar at the top of your browser) as a modification of BoingBoing‘s. This falls within their CC license for non-commercial re-use with attribution. Well, it does now anyway. Sorry it took me 2 years for that attribution, BB, though I did leave a comment in one of your stories admitting to this last year.

By brian

About Brian Damage:

Who is Brian really?
I live in Toronto, Canada, and work for an IT firm. That's about as much real-world info I'm comfortable divulging here. What you read on my blog is the real Brian, but, for the sake of freedom of speech, I feel most comfortable leaving a gulf between my cyberspace and meatspace personae.

Who is Brian at work?
My ridiculous job title is "Marketing Specialist" since I wear so many hats at work. I'm a technical writer, a specialist in enterprise search technologies, an electronic forms designer, a newsletter author, system administrator... but I'm in the Marketing department so for the time being I'm stuck with this inauspicious title.

Who is Brian at play?

Who is Brian