With all the traveling I’ve been doing lately and knowing I would be driving through some wide areas without radio or cell phone, I uploaded the last few podcasts from the WordPress Community Podcast with Charles Stricklin and new co-host Aaron Brazell and had a great time catching up on what I’ve been missing.
The most recent episode features an indepth interview with Dennis Kennedy, lawyer and intellectual property expert, covering copyrights, GPL and Creative Commons. It was well done.
Dennis Kennedy discussed the issues of copyright and the various rights and licenses you have for protecting your blog’s content, which includes words, images, and design. He also covered the issues surrounding GPL, General Public License, the license used by WordPress and most of the WordPress Community Themes and Plugins.
If you need a refresher course, or are new to the subject of intellectual property rights, check out this great podcast. It’s worth the time.
I do hope that they bring Dennis back for more as I’d like to see more answers to some of the questions they raised, and more on licensing WordPress Themes and Plugins under GPL and other options for a full understanding of what options these authors have to protect, or not, their code, and how to deal with changing a license on an existing WordPress Plugin or Theme that they change or take over and improve.
I’d also like to see one whole episode that deals exclusively with the issue of responding to a copyright infringement. All bloggers, not just WordPress bloggers, are struggling with how to respond, and if and when they should respond, to someone taking their content and using it on their blog. All bloggers need to learn more about Fair Use, how it works and what’s acceptable as well as how to fight back against splogs and those who steal our content.
While I’m wishing, I’d really love to have them talk to my copyright blogging hero, Jonathan Bailey of Plagiarism Today for his perspective on this issue. It is such an important issue and the more we bloggers can learn, and in turn educate our readers and other bloggers, the better.
Good work, Charles and Aaron. Looking forward to more!
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