Creative Commons License

Creative Commons License
All original photographs & artwork by laurelrusswurm are licensed under a Creative Commons Attribution 3.0 Unported License.

This does not apply to:

  • reblogged articles which or may not display a “Source” tag below, or to
  • public domain works which are forever and always available to all (tagged here as #public domain)

Copyright laws around the world are getting more draconian by the day, Witness the American DMCA,SOPA/CISPA/TPP and Canada’s own Copyright Act, revised in spite of a decade of widespread Canadian opposition and against the public interest by the majority government in 2012. Even though most of the rest of the world categorically rejected ACTA, Canada signed it, and is busily working for CETA and TPP &tc. 

Canada is not the first country, nor will it be the last, whose lawmakers crumble in the face of heavy handed lobbying by special interest copyright maximalists (MPAA, RIAA, CRIA, SOCAN, and Access Copyright &tc) who want — and are getting — intellectual property law for intangibles to be more restrictive than any physical property law extant.  As a creative, I find the cultural ramifications of this deeply disturbing.  

Since copyright “protected” works are in no way “free culture”, and reblogging may or may not be considered copyright infringement, beginning in September 2012 everything posted to visual laurel is Free Culture.  All non-free work will be combined to Laurel Reblogs.  

Although I advocate free culture, I believe it is important to attribute work, even if it is, or maybe especially if it is, in the public domain.   So when I reblog a public domain Tumblog post, the only thing I might change is to add my own comment or tags to a post, leaving all originator material intact, so the creator is attributed.  Additionally, when I post or reblog art on the public domain, I will always tag it with the name of the artist if known.

The “Notations” Theme

I want to thank Ben Delaney for freely sharing this lovely theme, which most closely provided the features I wanted.  For me, the ability to be able to have a few pages accessible via discrete links was an important factor, but because I want to use this space primarily to display photographs, allowing decent sized images was the clincher.  Thanks Ben!