Use My Material

Today, in the process of thumping Michael Egnor (and other believers), I’ve put up a lot of stuff about separation of church and state as well as the arguments coming out of Cranston, Rhode Island.  As with all other things I’ve ever written if, in the future, you have use of them, use them.  Copy and paste, paraphrase.  Cite me or don’t cite me.

The information is there for your use.  Take it.  Use it.

But never stop doing your own research.  Double check me.  Research on your own (and research responsibly, don’t just go to web pages that confirm what you think you know, that’s the domain of know-nothing creationists).  If you find something good in your continued learning, pay it forward.  Make it available for others.

We’re all in this together.  If you can use something I’ve written, don’t hesitate.

(However, if you’re going to profit from it, I do not consent to your use of my material.  Information should always be free)

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About JT Eberhard

When not defending the planet from inevitable apocalypse at the rotting hands of the undead, JT is a writer and public speaker about atheism, gay rights, and more. He spent two and a half years with the Secular Student Alliance as their first high school organizer. During that time he built the SSA’s high school program and oversaw the development of groups nationwide. JT is also the co-founder of the popular Skepticon conference and served as the events lead organizer during its first three years.

  • Izzy Leonard

    You should consider putting a Creative Commons Licence on your blog. It sounds like their non-commercial non-attribution licence is how you intend your material to be used, this would formalize it and put all your ducks in a row legally:

    Creative Commons Licence Generator

  • peicurmudgeon

    I take it you disagree with Ed on Peter Grant?

    • ‘Tis Himself, OM.

      There’s a difference between taking one or two pieces from a blog and moving the whole thing to a different website.

  • Kaoru Negisa

    Good, because I already reference you far too often. Thanks for the retroactive OK!

  • Makoto

    One minor quibble – I agree that information (as in data/facts) should always be free, but I would argue that created works don’t have to be. That should up to the creator (in this case, you, in the way you assemble facts into created works / blog posts).

    I enjoy creating things to give away, but I also create things to sell. In many cases they’re both “information” from me (computer programs, etc), and far too often I hear people saying that programs are just information, which should be free, and that’s why they pirate it.

    Similar to the guy who was wholesale copying FTB, actually. That’s different than actually reading what you write and, if desired, copying it to make other points along with it.

  • Peter Grant

    JT, you’re cool.

    Good to see you understand and embrace the power of kopimi :D

    • JT Eberhard

      Mr. Grant,

      Glad you think I’m cool. I’m flattered.

      While it does not pick my pocket personally, I do not expect the preferences of how I choose to handle my material to bind others in how they handle theirs: especially those who write for a living, as many people on FTB do.

      I do not endorse or support what you did. It was theft and, as Ed Brayton rightly said, everybody seems to be aware of this except for you.

      You were not using the parts you found useful to advance our shared cause, you were taking every last word. You were not using them to push back religion, you were just using them.

      I believe firmly in ethics, in doing the right thing. If your goal was to promote us (which I doubt, but am willing to be charitable), you were doing it in a very unethical way. I disapprove of immoral behavior equally whether it’s committed by a theist or an atheist.

      Do not confuse my willingness to allow others to use my work with approval of you stealing the work of others. That dog does not hunt.

      • Ed Brayton


        “I’m so glad you like me!”

        “I don’t like you. I think you’re being a dick.”


      • Peter Grant

        That’s OK, I don’t expect you to approve of me or my methods. You produce cool content and want to be copied, that’s good enough for me.

        • kosk11348

          …that’s good enough for me.

          Sure it is, because you are just looking for excuses to rationalize your behavior. Forget the actually meaning of JT’s entire post and just highlight some isolated quote that you can pretend supports your position.

          You weren’t raised a creationist by any chance, were you? Because you seem to operate like one.

        • Makoto

          Wow, so you think he’s cool, and when he tries to educate you on why what you’re doing is wrong (compared with just sharing the ideas or even quotes), you just put blinders on. Nice. Way to respect someone you think is cool.

        • F

          Dude, get over yourself. What you were doing is not cool, not neighborly, and was blatant infringement. It doesn’t matter if anyone approves of it or not.

  • F

    Due to the incredibly stupid copyright laws in this country, your statement as to your willingness to share as mentioned in this post probably is not enough. Post some sort of license or reference to an existing one in your About The Author or somewhere else that displays on every page. Because your published work automatically receives a default copyright, this can be used against someone using your material in good faith by other parties.

    • Peter Grant

      LOL. Good Point!

      JT, perhaps you might want to consider linking to: