Copyright, Aggregators, and Readership
I’ve been thinking lately about licensing my content under a Creative Commons license, maybe non-commercial, attribution. As I think about such things, I look for scenarios where I’d be sad I’d done such a thing.
While I haven’t come up with any, I’ve been noticing lately that more and more of my readership comes via a variety of aggregation sites, like Radio Userland, bloglines, Newsgator, or even LiveJournal, where there are, I think, two or three RSS feeds for this blog. There are also more specialized sites like Infosec Daily or Jose Nazario’s SecBlogs. Some of those aggregators seem to intersperse ads with the blog postings. (I’d thought that Dayioglu was doing this, although those ads seem to be from SecurityFocus, not Ioglu.)
As blog reading becomes a more popular hobby, bandwidth costs might become an issue for medium-popular blogs. Aggregation, where someone else carries those costs, might be a good thing. (I think it will only be a problem for medium-popular blogs because the top blogs can get advertising, the small ones can use free or inexpensive services.) It doesn’t seem that the Creative Commons adds or subtracts from this: If you want to aggregate my work for commercial purposes, you need a license.
I’m curious: Are there good reasons to not put a blog like this one under a CC license?