Down and Out relicensed today

Just over a year ago, I released my first novel, Down and Out in the Magic Kingdom, as an experiment in what would happen if I allowed my precious copyright to be slightly eroded by one of the Creative Commons licenses. I chose the most restrictive CC license available to me, staying cautious, and I waited to see if the sky would fall.

It didn't.

So here we are, just a little over a year later, and I am currently, at this moment, standing on a stage at the O'Reilly Emerging Technology Conference, delivering a talk called Ebooks: Neither E, Nor Books, in which I lay out the case for what I've done and explain the myraid ways in which the sky has not fallen on me, and just about now, I'm announcing what' sin this blog post:

That I am re-licensing Down and Out in the Magic Kingdom, effective today, under the terms of one of the least restrictive Creative Commons licenses, the Attribution-NonCommercial-ShareAlike license, which explicitly allows anyone in the world to make any non-commercial adaptation of my book s/he can think of: translations, radio plays, movies, sequels, fanfic, slashfic...you get the picture.

I can't wait to see what you-all make of this. Surprise me, please!

10 Responses to “Down and Out relicensed today”

  1. I was introduced to Craphound by my brother-in-law, and I must confess that I've become captivated, nay, fixated on what you're doing here. Eastern Standard Tribe is turning out to be one of the best novels I've read this year, and while I'm disciplining myself to read the whole thing on the screen before purchasing the codex, I can't wait to go buy it for myself and a couple friends.

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    Cory Doctorow, a science fiction novelist, also happens to be the most prolific of the gang behind powerblog BoingBoing. He's...

  3. Just about to take a look at your novel. I am writing a hyptertext that will also be free online and im glad to see others willing to give stuff away.

  4. Roland says:

    confidence vs. confidence! :-)

  5. Aart van Essen says:

    Hi Cory,

    Remember me? I guess not.
    I am this loony who wanted to translate your D&OitMK in Dutch a year or so ago.
    Back then you held back from giving me permission.
    (You wanted to try and sell the rights to that at a bizzcon in Frankfurt or sumfin')
    But now you've re-licensed your work - as I understand it, correct me if i'm wrong - I can just go ahead and do it?

    Please let me know. I've got less time on my hands now, but I'm still itching to do this.

    And when i'm done, is there a chance of letting me do your 0wnz0red as well? It'd be just in time for the Nebula...


    Aart van Essen

    (I used to be a@rt.com and maybe I will be again soon, but I'd have to get in touch wit Rich Skrenta - the guy from the "first" computer virus to get things done... He 0wnz rt.com
    But hey, being with the worlds first cable internet provider is cool too, what?)

  6. Aart, that's exactly right- I'd be delighted to have you translate Down and Out into Dutch!

  7. ax174 says:

    I downloaded EST, read some of it, then ordered the book online. What's extraordinary about this? It's the fact that I don't read sci-fi (unless Margaret Atwood's Oryx_and_Crake counts), never browse the sci-fi shelves at the bookstores or libraries, and have no interest in the genre whatsoever. But I knew of your book from seeing it at boingboing (this is from someone who knows the names of 3 sci-fi writers in total - and Asimov doesn't count since I know him from non-fiction works), and after skimming a few pages of the download, determined that it was worthy of purchase.
    Kudos for making your work available for free online! Otherwise, I'd have never heard of it nor would I be enjoying it today.

  8. Marcus Irvin says:

    Because I both admire the quality of your writing and your decision to post "Down and Out..." online for free reading, I wanted to support your work with cash. I trucked on down to Border's and bought a copy. It was believable, enjoyable and clever, I didn't want it to end so quickly.

    The new book is a little too expensive for me to buy at the store and I don't really expect to read it for free. Do you take PayPal so that I can make a direct contribution to your family finances? If so, just drop me an Email at the address above after removing the underscores(anti-spam measure).
    thanks Cory,

  9. Our Company who is a great fan of yours would be happy to make a professional translation of your book. Please contact us anytime. Thank you.

  10. Eastern Standard Tribe, et al.

    I recently finished reading Cory Doctrow's most excellent book, Eastern Standard Tribe.
    It turned out to be a real page turner, although not in the classic sense of
    the term. I'll explain more abo

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