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 http://www.fridaybooks.co.uk/bst
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.
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…