Permissions Policy

The content on this website is copyrighted in my name.  The only exception is that of a guest post.  Although I’m eager to see any of my content get spread widely–especially if it is of help to others–I also want to protect my intellectual property rights.  Thanks in advance for working with me in this matter.

Without My Permission

You are free to do the following without my permission:

  • Any time you want to share a link to my site or a specific post on my site . . . that’s legit.
  • You can take and re-post less than 200 words on another site as long as you link back to the original spot you found the post.
  • You can print out a post and copy it for internal use in your organization or company or as a last-minute Christmas gift for family members.
  • You can use a post in any non-commercial (meaning you aren’t making any money off of it) publication (e.g., company newsletter, church newsletter, class syllabus, etc.), as long as you include this copyright notice: “© 2014, Rick Brown. All rights reserved. Originally published at”

Not Without My Permission

You must have my express written consent to do any of the following:

  • Use any content from this site for any commercial purpose.
  • Take any of this content and alter it, transform it, or add to it.

Re-posting and Translation Rights

Re-posting a post in its entirety is not permitted.  Here’s why.  Did you know that Google penalizes websites for publishing duplicate content?  They do.  Google is brainiac smart but it can have difficulty telling which site hosted the original material.  That means that if you take one of my posts and re-post it in full I can actually get penalized for granting permission.  Even if I didn’t.  I really don’t want to get penalized so work with me on this, OK?

Also, not that this happens often (but it actually has), I don’t give permission for my writing to be translated and published into other languages.  Because I’m barely fluent in English I can’t keep my eye on the quality of translation into another language that is going to be credited to me.

Guest Posts

Guest bloggers retain the copyright to the posts they write. The above permission guidelines do not apply to their work. If you are interested in re-posting or publishing their content, you must contact them directly.

Creative Commons License
This work is licensed under a Creative Commons Attribution-NonCommercial-ShareAlike 3.0 Unported License.  (Thanks to for the framework for this page.)


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