I have been writing a blog for a number of years, and it occurred to me that I never released any of my writing under a license.

My question is, how do I determine whether or not I should use a license with my work?

Why would this be better than any copyright?

  • 2
    It's all up to you, and should vary on a case-by-case basis. – HDE 226868 Jun 26 '15 at 1:02
  • Another thing: Writing is considered to be a creative work, so Creative Commons would work best here – Zizouz212 Jun 26 '15 at 1:18

The only reason you would need to associate a licence with your blog is if you want others to be able to take and use your material on other sites. Without a licence, it falls under the copyright laws of one of:

  • The country in which you reside
  • The country where the server you publish on resides
  • The home country of the company that owns that server
  • The country where the person who takes your content resides
  • Somewhere else

Resolving that needs the services of one or more lawyers, but most countries are signatories to the Berne Convention

Licenses are about about relaxing your copyright protection in a way that you control.

The other thing to consider, unless you publish on your own server, is that the blog service you use may stipulate a licence in its terms and conditions.

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