Free Culture and Verses.Space™

The Kolverse Worldbuilding and Writing Project (“KWWP”) use only materials compatible with Creative Commons Attribution-ShareAlike 4.0 International License. This is the license that Verses.Space materials and works are under to ensure that all contributions and works are Free Culture approved works.

What is a Free Culture work?

A Free Culture work is any work under a license that grants anyone the right to:

  • use the work and benefit from using it
  • study the work and apply what is learned
  • make and distribute copies of the work
  • change and improve the content and distribute these derivative works

Which licenses are compatible with CC By-SA 4.0 International License?

  • Public Domain works (works whose Copyright has expired; we highly recommend works that is in the Public Domain in all countries)
  • Works that were dedicated to the Public Domain by its creator through CC0/CCzero
  • Works under Creative Commons Attribution (CC By) License, regardless of version but we highly recommend CC By 4.0 International
  • Works under Creative Commons Attribution-ShareAlike (CC By-SA) License, regardless of version but we highly recommend CC By-SA 4.0 International
  • Materials under the Free Art License 1.3

(You can also read KWWP Compatible Licenses for more about this.)

Our Advocacy: Free Culture

Here at KWWP, we believe the Free Culture movement. We are not anti-Copyright, we support it, however, due to abuses of the Copyright Law in many countries, creativity, knowledge, and commercial opportunities are hampered. One good example are the works by fanfiction authors, another example are works with crossovers.

Not all writers are worldbuilders. There are great writers out there who only need an established world for them to write great stories. Many fanfiction authors are such writers, and only few can build a new world from scratch. Sooner or later, these authors will stop writing because they see that there is no future for them in writing stories for “All Rights Reserved” worlds.

In the same way that not all worldbuilders are writers. Many worldbuilders have excellent skills in creating new worlds but few can write stories, regardless of reason. Yet, many worldbuilders have their works under “All Rights Reserved” so their world stays unexplored. Maybe a fanfiction author will pick it up, write a new fanfiction, and then that’s about it.

This “it is mine, you can not use my work” culture needs to stop… today!

Our Goal

Our goal is simple. To increase the number of worlds and stories that anyone can adapt. To abolish fanfiction. To blow to smithereens the selfish culture that came out of the continudd abuses of the Copyright Law, everywhere.

In Verses.Space, worldbuilders can share their worlds for others to tell new adventures. Writers can write to their hearts content, the sky is the limit! We do not have a concept of “canon”, each story can become its own “canon” world, not an unofficial story or fanfiction. Even crossovers are possible!

Best of all, if an author or worldbuilder wants to sell their work, they can as well, as long as they honour the requirements of Creative Commons Attribution-ShareAlike (CC By-SA) 4.0 International License–which is very simple: [1] give attribution; and [2] use the same license, CC By-SA 4.0 International.

Verses.Space is here for all worldbuilders and writers. Hence our group name is the Kolverse Worldbuilding and Writing Project™ (you’ll know more about kolverse later). This project is about you, to let your ideas fly, to create new worlds, to share those new adventures you have in your head, to help one another, and to let others have their own adventures and worlds–based on your work (or their own)–legally valid in the eyes of the Copyright Law.

Do you want to join us in this endeavor? Be part of a revolution in Free Culture literature? Come and let’s discuss about KWWP and Verses.Space here.

(There are similar Free Culture projects and we promote them too. What makes Verses.Space different is our scope and more relaxed rules in our “world”. More about this in another post.)

The image used was dedicated to the Public Domain through CC0 by Clubfungus.


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