I’m so glad that you’re interested in sharing or using content from my blog. I write this as a gift and hope that it is helpful to you and others. But I also write as a part of developing my own writing and speaking platform. So what you find here is all my own intellectual property, unless otherwise noted. Fair Use doctrine allows you to do certain things with my content without my consent, but those uses are limited. The following will give you a clear idea of what I expect from you if you use my work. If you have any questions about this at all, please contact me.
Here’s What You Can Do
Link Like Crazy: You can link to any post or page on my blog to your heart’s content. Seriously. Post all over Facebook, Google+, Pinterest, or whatever it is that you do. As long as you are using a direct link back here, I’m thrilled that you want to share what I’ve written.
Using Full Posts: You can repost a full blog post or article to your website, blog or social media outlet, if you contact me first for what guidelines to follow. (Email me here.) I am very open to being a guest blogger for your site, and can consult with you about what content would serve your audience best.
Using Quotes: You can use a specific quote from my writing, provided you indicate that it is a quote (“Like you learned in school,”) and give it the proper citation. I would ask that you include a link back to the original source of the quote. To be clear, a quote is not a full blog post. It’s a passage from a post, usually on the shorter end. A sentence, a paragraph, maybe a couple hundred words.
Something like this. A pithy and inspiring quote about something that matters to you. Because. Quotes are fun.
– Marc Alan Schelske. http://marcalanschelske.com/copyright-policy/
Non-Commercial Re-prints: You can re-print my posts on this site in any non-commercial publication such as a company newsletter, church newsletter, class syllabus, etc., provided you include this copyright notice: “© 2012, Marc Alan Schelske. www.MarcAlanSchelske.com All rights reserved.” I’d appreciate notification just because I like to know where my work is being used and found meaningful. If you are printing more than 50 copies, please contact me for permission.
Informal hand-to-hand Distribution: You can print off any post I’ve written to distribute to your small group, office team, or friends, so long as you are producing less than 50 copies, and you include the following copyright notice on all pages: “© 2012, Marc Alan Schelske. www.MarcAlanSchelske.com All rights reserved.” If you want to distribute more than 50 copies, please contact me for permission. Plus, I really like to know when and where my work is being found helpful!
Here’s What You Can’t Do
Using Full Posts Without Permission: You may not re-produce entire posts from my blog either digitally or in any dead-tree state without my explicit written permission.
Commercial Use: You may not reproduce any portion of my writings, whether a full post or a quote, for commercial purposes without my written consent. This includes non-digital dead-tree publications, as well as any form of digital publications that you produce for income. Be clear: This includes displaying my content on a web page where you are displaying any type of online advertisements. I retain all rights to my intellectual property.
Alter or Transform: You may not alter or transform this work without written permission.