Frequently Asked Questions
If I uncopyright, won't people [...]?
You can fill in the blank with a lot of different phrases: "rip me off," "devalue my work," and so forth.
Maybe! Uncopyrighting isn't for everyone, and there are certainly a lot of fears associated with the decision (you can read some here).
But one thread that seems to tie everyone — or at least almost everyone — who uncopyrights their work together is digging into these fears and coming out on the other side with hope.
How is Uncopyright Movement different from Creative Commons?
Creative Commons provides easy-to-read (no "legalese"), easy-to-use licenses for creative works. Generally, when licensing with Creative Commons, the creator still retains the copyrights to their work, and there are often other stipulations on how it can be used.
In uncopyrighting, the creator releases their copyrights altogether: no stipulations, no licensing, no issues.
In this way, Creative Commons and the Uncopyright Movement complement each other nicely. The exception is with "Creative Commons Zero" (CC0) license, which is the same as uncopyrighting.
A lot of folks misunderstand "Creative Commons" to mean CC0 (i.e., anything CC licensed is fair game for use by others), which is why the more intuitive label "uncopyright" is preferred by some creators: it helps people know exactly how their work can be used, and it doesn't create confusion with other Creative Commons-licensed works.
Is this site/movement uncopyrighted?
Of course! And it's open source. You can download just about everything (including the HTML/CSS) here.