But that is precisely the subject I was trying to address, Beth: my personal choice to make my poetry, and other stuff here, into free cultural products. And yes, I am encouraging others to consider making the same choice — but only if their priorities are roughly in line with my own. That is why I chose to write this in a personal, exploratory style, rather than, say, as a manifesto.
I have made a conscious decision not to care if others happen to make a profit off my works, because for me, it’s more important that my work get out there. I think, however, that I omitted to mention one essential consideration: writing poetry isn’t normally a money-making activity in our culture. Even the most well-regarded poets are lucky to sell a few thousand copies of each book, and few of the periodicals pay anything. However, there’s some law of social interaction that says that the smaller the reward, the more vicious the competition for it. I don’t know if that’s the reason or not, but the modern American poetry scene is riven with conflicts and jealousies. Releasing my work from the strictest copyright protections is, in part, a protest against the po biz. I should’ve said that in the post.
I think there’s a big difference between that remix of your work by a friend, and the appropriation of creative work for someone else’s gain: whether monetary or to pass it off as their own or whatever.
Again, the current CC licence is not tantamount to releasing my work from all copyright protection. Attempts to take anything I’ve written and pass it off as the work of someone else is not permitted. If someone can make money off my poetry, more power to them. As for the prose and photos, they’re only here in supporting roles as far as I’m concerned. Any distribution, with or without modification, is free advertising for my site. (You can’t call it appropriation if it’s not forbidden, can you?)