It only made sense for us to offer our authors a licensing solution that was designed to fit the nature of the internet. — John Yi
dublit.com is a publishing and distribution platform for short format literature, in audio and e-book formats. The site hosts audio short stories in a variety of genres from Humor, to Travel, to Erotica. It is a place designed for both professional and aspiring writers to have a creative outlet for their short stories, essays, or poetry. In addition to serving as a library for original literary content, it is also an online gathering place for authors to get to know one another and help each other to improve. For publishers, the site serves as an additional tool in their arsenal for publicity.
Currently in public beta testing, 10 or so initial independent publishers use dublit as an extension for their literary print journals, and a rapidly growing number of live reading series use dublit as an online archive for performances. Their audiences can revisit (or experience for the first time if they were not able to attend) the stories that were read aloud.
John Yi is one of 5 co-founders of dublit and came up with the idea for the project in the fall of 2006. He is also an aspiring writer with his first novel on schedule to be completed by the fall of 2008.
dublit.com provides the option to its members to post their content under a variety of licenses including any variety of Creative Commons and traditional Copyright. The majority of the members have thus far opted for the Creative Commons license with many selecting Attribution-NonCommercial-No Derivatives or Attribution-NonCommercial.
John Yi discovered Creative Commons licenses through the photo sharing website Flickr. He, like most people new to Creative Commons, wondered what made CC necessary or useful, relative to traditional copyrights. Especially helpful for his education was a video entitled “CC+: Creative Commons and Commerce” on the CC website which outlines the differences and advantages of CC licenses.
“Using CC simply made a lot of sense, as the internet as a distribution/showcasing platform lends itself to granting rights more specific and often less immediately restrictive than ‘All Rights Reserved’.”
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