Occasional Techdirt contributor Nina Paley, who has pointed out some problems with Creative Commons
in the past, is pushing an interesting solution: the Copyheart
. It's not a huge license or anything like Creative Commons, but just a basic suggestion: where you might normally put a © symbol, instead put a ♥ -- and perhaps an explanation. As she notes:
© Copyright 2010 by Author/Artist. All Rights Reserved.
you could write
♥ 2010 by Author/Artist. Copying is an act of love. Please copy.
Who knows if it catches on, but it's a cool idea. Though... my only complaint is that she's using a non-HTML standard heart character -- so I've created a derivative version. While she uses a heart character, in this post I'm just using the HTML version, which is typed out as "♥" and will thus be more compatible with HTML documents and various browsers.