I don't know how many writers here are into the techy side of life, but I am wondering, if say. someone is writing the next star trek, is it safe to go ahead and release related material under a (restrictive of course) creative commons license?

For example, if you are writing some fantasy fiction series, is it safe to create character profiles (under a cc) (like say, as a pdf or something)?

PS. This is not the same idea as my wiki question.

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    Define "safe." From what? Are you asking about what rights you would maintain? I think you need to rephrase this a bit to clarify your question. (Although if you are writing Star Trek, then no, you're not safe from Paramount's lawyers. :) ) Jun 22, 2011 at 14:32
  • @Lauren lol! Good humour about star trek :D! I am talking about maintaining rights, I will try to rephrase the question a bit.
    – RolandiXor
    Jun 22, 2011 at 14:34
  • Is this material you own copyright for?
    – way0utwest
    Jun 22, 2011 at 17:59
  • @wayOutwest as in created it? or as in went through some loop-de-loop process for?
    – RolandiXor
    Jun 22, 2011 at 18:03
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    You automatically own the copyright to anything you create; you don't have to loop any loops. My question (on this and your wiki question) is WHY do you want to release your ideas to the public before the book is done? Jun 22, 2011 at 18:14

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Howard Aiken said:

Don't worry about people stealing an idea. If it's original, you will have to ram it down their throats.

As a beginner writer, your challenge is to get people to notice you and take your ideas seriously, rather than someone steal from you.

So feel free to share your ideas. Its not the ideas that are important, but how you implement those ideas. Rather than focussing on the wrong thing (people stealing your ideas), focus on how you can market yourself and your work.

Edit: And to answer your other question: As Lauren Ipsum said, you own the rights to anything you create. But you have to ask yourself: Why would anyone steal ideas from an unknown writer? Would anyone even notice you wiki, among the millions of other sites?

  • To answer if anyone would notice (as I am a web developer) - yes, they would ;). Trust me, even the most obscure sites get noticed within hours or days. With that said - you're pretty encouraging :D! Thanks!
    – RolandiXor
    Jun 22, 2011 at 20:17

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