Monday, April 16, 2007

Pixel-Stained Technopeasant Day-April 23rd

Jo Walton is posting here about the controversy Lyda mentions below. She suggests Pixel-Stained Technopeasant Day for April 23rd as a day to post something of professional quality online for free. I, for one, am in.

8 comments:

Sean M. Murphy said...

I intend to do nothing outside of my regular posting. My behavior won't be driven by someone I don't know, regardless of his view of web-users or not, and certainly not in response to such a hollow gauntlet.

Kelly McCullough said...

Well, that certainly frames the whole thing in a confrontational way and one I really don't agree with. I read Hendrix's post days ago, blew it off as idiocy and moved on. I am not posting in response to Hendrix, but in solidarity with Jo Walton and in support of the idea of using the web to promote my work and career. It's something I've been considering for more than a year and Jo's post catalyzed my thinking on the topic.

Sean M. Murphy said...

I'm going to respond as a main post.

tate said...

I'm with Sean, actually. I'm not terribly interested in jumping on Walton's bandwagon -- besides the fact that I have some real reservations about giving away fiction for free -- even though I've done it (I wasn't paid for my Blithe House Quaterly story, "Indigo Bunting.")

Kelly McCullough said...

Let's see:

How about if it's fiction that's been published elsewhere and you've already been paid for it once?

How about that plus it makes for free advertising for your novels?

How about all that plus releasing it under a limited terms license so that you retain pretty much all commercial and derivative rights?

How about all that plus doing it in a large scale release of works that is advertised widely on other's blogs?

Seems like a win on multiple levels to me.

Kelly Swails said...

I think it's a win on multiple levels if you've already got a little name recognition on your side.

lydamorehouse said...

Serious, non-inflamitory question for Kelly: how does one insure what you've posted is under a "limited terms license"?

Kelly McCullough said...

There's the basic creative commons license here, and there are variations. I'm looking into some of those now including a limited time version and a no reproductions version as well, and the one that Cosmic SF operate under. I will know more in a day or two once I've had a chance to look around. There are certainly those who might violate the terms, but those are the same folks who are likely to run a print version through ocr and post stuff that way, and I'm more than willing to trust my readers.