The Bizarre Cathedral - 12

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spikeb's picture
Submitted by spikeb on

is when you make a comic about freedom that isn't under a free license ;)

Ryan Cartwright's picture

Coincidentally(?) somebody mailed me about this very issue recently. Here's a copy of my response to them:

"Generally I agree with the principle of NC being non-free but there is a (slightly paradoxical) case to be made that you have to restrict a part of somebody's freedom in order to protect everybody else's. This is much like the GPL and CC-SA do.

In this case and in principle I have nothing particularly against people selling copies of the work but I do care about how, when and why it is done. I opted for the BY-NC-SA so that if somebody does want to they just have to run it by me first. You'll note I've not included ND as I find that a step too far.

Sorry if this bothers you but I've been stung before where somebody took some work I had made, claimed it as their own and (over)charged for it as part of a collection. I prefer that my works should be available at no cost (for the work itself) to the end-user. CC-BY-NC-SA helps me to keep check that no end user gets ripped off."


sharkbrainguy's picture

perhaps you could add the standard webcomic navigation to these pages:
<< first < previous next > latest >>

It would make it alot easier to read more than one comic.

Viewing a list of stories by tag really isn't convenient enough.

Ryan Cartwright's picture

Good idea. I've added previous and next links to this strip and will go through the others now. The current strip is always visible at the top right of the page so there's not a lot of point in that one. Plus it's also quite tricky to setup without editing each strip each week or fiddling with the site infrastructure which is beyond my permissions.


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Ryan Cartwright heads up Equitas IT Solutions who offer fair, quality and free software based solutions to the voluntary and community (non-profit) and SME sectors in the UK. He is a long-term free software user, developer and advocate. You can find him on Twitter and