A permissions statement or copyright statement on your website or other resource is essential for knowledge sharing. For example, Appropedia's statement is at Appropedia:Copyrights and explains the open license that we use, and the specific terms under which

Bad for knowledge sharing[edit | edit source]

  • No statement: If your site or other resource doesn't include a permissions statement, then it is copyright by default.[1]
  • Restrictive terms:
    • All rights reserved: This makes sense for a corporation, but if you are a non-profit organization aiming to help people, why are you doing this?
    • Non-commercial use: Are you worried that someone is going to steal your documentation for an appropriate technology and make money from it? 1. If they did, isn't that a good thing? and 2. With a license such as CC-BY-SA, the other party much attribute you and share alike, so it's good for you and good for the world.

Good for knowledge sharing[edit | edit source]

  • Using an open license and labeling it clearly with a mark to enable search engines to index it by license (see [[CC:.

Notes[edit | edit source]

  1. This assumes you are operating under the laws of a country which is a signatory to the Berne ConventionW - and it almost certainly is.


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