Free content

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Free content or free information includes any kind of work, works of art, or creative content.

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Definition

What is the definition of "free content" in the Acyclopedia?

Free content is content that has no restrictions (legally), and may be used to:

  • benefit from the content
  • [benefit from the content]+ apply it to anything/anywhere
  • distribute copies of the content
  • improving the content

Certain Restrictions

Restrictions apply including the use of the content, so it calls for the accordance of copying to be in a state of legality with copyright laws, and other documents that explain the use of the content, and the restrictions upon uses.

Legal Content

Copyrights

Copyright is a legal concept that gives authors control over the distribution, duplication, and publication of their works. Copyright is limited when entering a Public Domain or those with non-applicable exclusive intellectual property that it either expired, or has been forfeited. During the time period of copyright the author's work may only be copied, modified, or publicly performed with the consent of the author, unless the use is a fair use. Traditional copyright control limits the use of the work of the author to those who either pay royalties to the author for usage of the authors content, or limit their use to fair use. Secondly it limits the use of content whose author cannot be found. Finally it creates a perceived barrier between authors by limiting derivative works, such as mashups and collaborative content.

Copyleft

Copyleft is a play on the word copyright and describes the practice of using copyright law to remove restrictions on distributing copies and modified versions of a work. The aim of copyleft is to use the legal framework of copyright to enable non-author parties to be able to reuse and, in many licensing schemes, modify content that is created by an author. Unlike works in the public domain, the author still maintains copyright over the material, however the author has granted a non-exclusive license to any person to distribute, and often modify, the work. Copyleft licenses require that any derivative works be distributed under the same terms, and that the original copyright notices be maintained. A symbol commonly associated with copyleft is a reversal of the copyright symbol, facing the other way; the opening of the C points left rather than right. Unlike the copyright symbol, the copyleft symbol does not have a codified meaning.

Usage of Free Content

"Technology has reduced the cost of publication and reduced the entry barrier sufficiently to allow for the production of widely disseminated materials by individuals or small groups." - WikiPedia.

Using the free content in the ways detailed above comes with restrictions.

Acyclopedia unlike other encyclopedias does not allow users to use the content to build a similar or competitive works. The content is to be used for ways other than to compete, or otherwise in 'bad theory.' - [2]

You may distribute copies of the documents in Acyclopedia with accordance of the Creative Commons Attribution-ShareAlike License. - [3]

You may in every way try to improve the content that is contained in the encyclopedia.