eBooks: Creative Commons

I’ve felt for a long time that the current copyright law is working against the reasons it was set up. But I’ve been getting more annoyed by all the copyright trolling, Mickey Mouse copyright extensions and massive overreach.

I have no intention of suing anyone and I’ve always let people use stuff from my ebooks in lessons and uke groups when they’ve asked. So I’ve decided it’s high time I make that formal. From now on all my How to Play Ukulele ebooks have a Creative Commons Attribution-ShareAlike 3.0 Unported License (CC-BY-SA).

What it Means

It means you’re free to share the stuff in any way you like. For example, you can:

– Print off sections and use them in a ukulele lesson.
– Print off tab of a tune and share it with your uke group.
– Record audio and video performances of the arrangements.
– Use them to make a video tutorial.
– Translate them.

What you have to do

All you have to do is tell them you got it from Uke Hunt (because I have a ravenous ego and must be adored). It would also be cool if you let me know how you’re using it because I’d be really interested to know.

You also have to use the same (or similar) license on anything you use it to make. For example, if you use it to make a YouTube video select the Creative Commons license option when you upload it. Or if you translate it give the translation the same CC-BY-SA license.

What it Doesn’t Apply to

These DON’T have a CC license because I don’t have the power to give them one:

– The stuff that isn’t mine in the Ukuleles for Peace ebook.
Ukulele for Dummies.

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  1. Gwyn September 12th, 2013 4:05 am

    classy move!

  2. George September 12th, 2013 4:08 am

    Has anyone told you lately you rock? Because really, you rock!

  3. Woodshed September 12th, 2013 6:44 am

    Gwyn: Thanks!

    George: Aww! Thanks very much.

  4. Jon September 12th, 2013 2:57 pm

    Hooray for more CC-licensed uke material!

  5. Howlin' Hobbit September 12th, 2013 4:21 pm

    good job, Al!

  6. Kara Square September 12th, 2013 10:38 pm

    Awesomeness. This is a really kind thing to do. Spread the uke learnin’ far and wide!! Ditto to George’s words: You rock!

  7. Woodshed September 13th, 2013 10:52 am

    Jon: Woot!

    Hobbit: Thanks!

    Kara: Thanks very much!

  8. Marco September 17th, 2013 3:37 pm

    Wow! Thank you so much for letting us celebrate with you with this generous discount (even on the Beginner Multipack, hooray)!

    I just got my first uke and I am sure that I am going to have lots of fun practicing using your great ebooks!

    Greetings from Germany!

  9. Woodshed September 18th, 2013 8:37 am

    Marco: Thanks! I hope you enjoy them.

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