No Rights Reserved

Joel Wagner (@sywtt) began teaching band in 2002. Though he had a lot of information, his classes were out of control. He found himself tired, frustrated, disrespected by students, lonely, and on the brink of quitting. He had had enough. He resigned from his school district right before spring break of his second year and made it his personal mission to learn to be a great teacher. So You Want To Teach? is the ongoing story of that quest for educational excellence.

norightsreserved-mediumThis blog is about sharing ideas. The ideas and conversation are far more important than me personally. For that reason, you are hereby free to take any articles or comments that I (Joel) personally have produced for So You Want To Teach?and use them in whatever way you so desire! Call it Open Source Blogging, call it Uncopyright, call it Public Domain. I call it No Rights Reserved.

Absolutely.

Unequivocally.

If you want to take an entire article, or even a series of articles, and publish them in a book, magazine, newsletter, newspaper, ebook, or whatever else (edited or unedited), go for it. Let the information flow!

What if I want to sell [insert witty clever teachery item]?
Feel free to find one of my witty quotes and turn it into a bumper sticker. Make a stuffed animal. Design a whole line of T-shirts. Come up with a Christmas sweater based on my blog. I don’t care. Sell it. Make money. Spread the information, while profiting from poor little me. I honestly didn’t start this blog with the goal of making money, and I don’t continue it with that goal. I have tried some experiments with AdSense and a few other advertising schemes before, but they are pretty much fruitless, and they devalue the overall impact of the site.

I blog to share information
So, consider it freely shared.

Can I modify/edit/reword/completely change it?
Sure. It’s your call. I give the stuff out with no strings attached. Do what you feel is best and right.

Do I have to give you credit?
No. It’d be great if you do provide a link or send someone my way, but it’s not necessary. I considered getting a Creative Commons License, but that just feels too restrictive to me. Just put the information out there. If you don’t link to me, that’s fine. It’d be great if you share with me how my ideas have turned into something great for you. Who knows, maybe I’ll send some of my readers your way!

Why on earth are you doing this?
Honestly because I think there is some great, life-changing information contained in this website. If my goal was to put together an outstanding book for first year teachers, I think I could make a killing. But it’s not. That’s simply not my passion. But maybe there’s someone out there who has the motivation to do that. HAVE AT IT!

 

If you make millions off of me, feel free to send me a check!

What about the comments?
I am in the process of drafting a Comments Policy for
So You Want To Teach? but at this point, I don’t have a formalized one. While I am the publisher, any comments or guest posts are considered to be the intellectual property of the person who initially posted them. If you have a question, please feel free to contact me and I will to my best to get in touch with the origianl author for permission. As per my privacy policy, the contact information for specific readers is not made readily available.

Where can I find out more about this?

 

The Legal Stuff

Creative Commons License
This work is in the Public Domain.

9 Comments on No Rights Reserved

  1. Good news — I just sold the rights to Dreamworks for my idea about this deeply religious band teacher in Texas who has an obsession with mariachis and teaching!! They’ve offered $2.3 million, and the book deal will be at least triple that.

    Thanks, dude! I owe you a beer!

  2. Thank you! You have been the inspiration for many of my posts but I always make sure you get credit for it because you deserve it! You have a great blog and I enjoy reading it regularly.

  3. I’ll be darned. Hi, mister teacher! (I know you from MySpace.) Small world, considering I’m not a teacher…

    Wait. I’m a parent; therefore, I teach.

    • I haven’t been there in so long I’m afraid to look. Shoot, I’m not sure I remember my password there, anymore. The only saving grace is that I so heavily modified my page there that few people can FIND the comments, let alone leave one – so if there’s spam there, no one will ever see it, really.

      Good to see you here, Mister Teacher. Come visit my blog if you get a chance! I’ve missed chatting with you. Haven’t missed much of anything else on MySpace, but that, I missed.

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