Creative Commons.

I’ve mentioned it before, but I think that writing about it again would be worthwhile.

Blood, Sweat and Tea is (probably) the first book by a major European publisher to release a book under a Creative Commons license.  It has been released under a Attribution-NonCommercial-ShareAlike 2.5 License. which means that you can…

…use copyright material in specific ways without affecting the author's overall copyright in the work.

Under the terms of this book's licence, you are free to make copies of all or part of this work for your own personal use and for other non-commercial use. You may annotate or edit the work in any way, and republish it online in any format, providing any annotated and edited version includes a link back to the source material at

You may also make derivative works (Flash animations, videos, images etc, etc) based on this text for online, non-commercial use only.

Any annotated, edited or derivative version must be made available under the same Creative Commons licence as the original material.

As a wiser man than I has said, “My problem isn’t piracy, it’s obscurity”.  It is also because this website is licensed under the same scheme and to change it now that a large amount of it is in a physical book seems like an unethical thing to do.  I love Creative Commons, it’s a great way of finding new music, writing and other art.  Sure – it’s a bit of a gamble, but I honestly believe that this brave step by my publishers is the best thing for this book.

I’ve got to admit that it was nerve-wracking in asking my publishers about this and I cannot commend them enough for listening to, and understanding, the thoughts behind Creative Commons.

So you can go to The Friday Project page and download the *whole* book in a variety of formats.  You can then fiddle around with it and do whatever you like to it then upload it back to The Friday Project just so long as you don’t try to sell it. 

Fun, yes?

I’m hoping, and it’s a bit of an ego thing here to be honest, that it might shake up publishing a bit in this country and provide a blast across the bows of those who would restrict what you can do with media that you ‘own’.

(You do realise that in the UK it is illegal to rip a CD to your iPod, even if it is for personal use?).

Lets see how things go…

9 thoughts on “Creative Commons.”

  1. Hey Tom!Once again congrats… but you know I will download a copy of your book for my laptop.. but I also bought it on Amazon to have as a hard copy (even though the shipping and conversion rate to US$ was a b***h and a half) well anyways good luck!!eug

  2. I've downloaded it for my laptop and will read it when I get the chance. Also, if I end up in one place for long enough I'll try and get my hands on a “proper” copy. Then I'll leave it in a hostel in some obscure country for someone else to find 🙂

  3. I've now got a copy of da book – proudly presented to me on my birthday 19 August 2006!Well Done Tom and thanks for making my birthday a special one.


  4. I found your site because BoingBoing had a link to your book, which I just read and greatly enjoyed. Now as soon as I get paid, I'll buy a copy, and definitely keep stopping by. Thank you!

  5. Great idea – well done for doing it. This seems to have worked very well in the past for people like Cory Doctrow – there are many reader created derived works created from his CC'd books which otherwise probably wouldn't exist:

  6. Hey Tom! I've been reading your blog for a long time and wanted to help in a small way, so I converted the e-book to Microsoft Reader format. It's up on the Friday Books CC page now.Great blog, great book, keep up the fine work!

  7. I can't get a copy of the book at all where I live! I can't buy onilne as I don't have a credit/debit card or any friends…who have credit/debit cards!I'm heart broken! :'( What will i do with the time – suppose I'll have to start doing “real” reading for university now!

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