Thoughts on the Uncopyright Movement

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Over the past week or so, I’ve had the chance to slow life down a bit and think about the coming year.

For me, 2013 was all about transitioning my blog from business to personal, with a huge emphasis on authenticity and packing light.

As part of this process, I’m focusing my energy on keeping things simple and living a life that’s (a heckuva lot more) minimalist than it has been in the past.

Last week I was searching for quotes on minimalism, and ran across a number of them posted by Leo Babauta over on his site. Here’s my favorite one:

My search for wisdom on minimalism took an interesting turn. I ran across a link on Leo’s site that said Uncopyright, so naturally I had to take a look.

Here’s what I found:

This blog is Uncopyrighted. Its author, Leo Babauta, has released all claims on copyright and has put all the content of this blog into the public domain. No permission is needed to copy, distribute, or modify the content of this site. Credit is appreciated but not required.

I don’t know about you, but there’s something intrinsic about this philosophy, and I have to admit that it resonates with where my heart has been of late.

From a personal standpoint, this is the type of thing that I want to adopt in my own life — to authentically share life experiences in a way that is wide open.

I know that most of my content isn’t necessarily the kind that people would copy and reuse, so going Uncopyright is more a demonstration of the agreement I have with the minimalist mindset and my desire to live accordingly.

In other words, I’m simply making a statement by applying that license on my personal blog and on the stuff that I’ve written here.

For more information on Uncopyright and the minimalist mindset, take some time to read what Leo Babauta thinks.

More from Leo, and words that I plan to live by as we enter 2014:

It is from this place that the minimalist embraces uncopyright, and in doing so gives to the world and hopes that the world will be better for it, at least in a tiny measure.

How about you? What do you think about the Uncopyright movement?

I’d love to discuss this in the comments below, so feel free to post your thoughts and we can have another great conversation!