September 27, 2008

People are forever asking me why I don’t sell my songs. Partly, I’ll concede, it’s laziness – I don’t have the business guts to hawk my wares around the record companies or really to do anything to make money out of this hobby. I played a few gigs for a few quid a few years ago, sold a few CDs, but really felt that the business side of things, even at that modest level, was eating into my enjoyment.

So, rather than hum and haw for any longer about whether I should start doing this, I’ve decided to license all of the songs, articles and other ramblings written by me on this site, under a Creative Commons attribution/non-commercial/share-alike license. What this means is, you’re allowed to take any of the material here, rewrite it, re-record it, perform it, mangle it, or (as the license says) produce derivative works, so long as you attribute it to me (‘this is a Kensson song’ is fine, I’d be grateful for a link if you’re putting something on the web) and don’t make any money off of it*. Also, if you release any derivative works, you need to slap the same license on them – you can pick up the html here.

As Woody said: “This song is Copyrighted in U.S., under Seal of Copyright #154085, for a period of 28 years, and anybody caught singin it without our permission, will be mighty good friends of ours, cause we don’t give a darn. Publish it. Write it. Sing it. Swing to it. Yodel it. We wrote it, that’s all we wanted to do.”

*If you have a good reason for wanting to use material under a different license, drop me an e-mail and we can talk.


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