What is the copyright of this blog?

I hope I sometimes post something useful to you. You might want to use it for your own group, or send it around. But there are some things you don’t agree with that you want to change. Is this all right? Who owns the words I wrote anyway?

Since I write this blog, I get to decide. You are actually legally bound to respect my decision. But you will be happy to hear that I’m a believer in open writing, sharing without cost. This is because I have a salary. I can afford to share. This blog is for helping others figure out this crazy and wonderful business of academia.

So the copyright I have chosen is CC BY SA 4.0, which means you can take my work, use it for any purpose, modify it to suit yourself, provided you do two things. First, you must credit me. Second, you must also allow your modified version to be shared alike. This is the license that Wikipedia uses and that is my standard.  If you go to the Creative Commons site, you can get a bunch of code, see below, for your site.

So hack away at what I’ve written and change it to your purpose, just remembering to keep your work shareable and to credit me.


<a rel=”license” href=”http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by-sa/4.0/”><img alt=”Creative Commons License” style=”border-width:0″ src=”https://i.creativecommons.org/l/by-sa/4.0/88×31.png&#8221; /></a><br /><span xmlns:dct=”http://purl.org/dc/terms/&#8221; property=”dct:title”>Sociobiology: so you want to be a biology professor</span> by <a xmlns:cc=”http://creativecommons.org/ns#&#8221; href=”https://sociobiology.wordpress.com/&#8221; property=”cc:attributionName” rel=”cc:attributionURL”>Joan E. Strassmann</a> is licensed under a <a rel=”license” href=”http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by-sa/4.0/”>Creative Commons Attribution-ShareAlike 4.0 International License</a>.


About Joan E. Strassmann

Evolutionary biologist, studies social behavior in insects & microbes, interested in education, travel, birds, tropics, nature, food; biology professor at Washington University in St. Louis
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