August 10, 2008

Copyright Statement for this Blog

Copyright Status – Creative Commons

The intellectual property rights of authors and journalists have been changing dramatically with the advent of the internet. As information has become abundant and accessible, its economic value has changed, so we shouldn't be surprised the animal welfare of the average author as a sub-species of homo-sapiens has been impacted as well.

As an author and editor, I am philosophically resigned to the need to set content 'free' and to look for income 'because' of the quality of that content, rather than simply 'with' that content. A simple example being that someone, after reading this blog, likes the tone and might engage me to write something new or a variant on that theme. As an aside, a good starting point for understanding the 'because effect' can be found here on a blog called Confused of Calcutta.

With the abundance of information on the internet, good information can still be hard to find though, and it is hoped that this website will provide an easily accessed source of high quality reference material for students, journalists, farmers and animal owners to decades to come. There's little money to be made by publishing houses printing general animal behaviour guides for wider audiences for example, and as a result a great deal of useful information is lost. That's exactly why this website came to life.

The web does not mean that copyright as a concept has disappeared of course. The majority of the documents on this website and the accompanying knols are published under Creative Commons Attribution (Non-commercial 3.0 Unported). If you're not familiar with it, a full human-readable explanation of this agreement can be found here.

In simple terms this means you are free to Share (copy, distribute and transmit this work); and to Remix (adapt the work) under the following conditions:

1. Attribution: you must attribute the work in the manner specified by the author or licensor ie Clive Dalton (but not in any way that suggests that I endorse you or your use of the work). It would be appreciated if you provide a reference link to this blog at this address:;

2. Non-commercial: you may not use this work for commercial purpose. If you are a business wanting to use this material, or you want to make money from it, you'll need to talk to me to get permission:
• For any reuse or distribution, you must make clear to others the license terms of this work. The best way to do this is with a simple link to this web page.
• Any of the above conditions can be waived if you get permission from the copyright holder – please feel free to contact
• Nothing in this license impairs or restricts the author's moral rights.

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