Wednesday, September 20, 2006

What we Have and what we Are

Tim Bray writes about his discomfort at people reusing his writing and pictures, as opposed to his wholehearted acceptance of people using his code.

Personally I don't see a conflict between those two stances. It's a question of intent: code is created to be used; blogposts, and photographs, are created to be enjoyed. The "my work" vs. "me" distinction. I think it's totally reasonable to disallow commercial use of writing and music and all other performance art, because it's totally reasonable not to want other people to piggyback on your reputation.