In the early days of the podcast, I experimented with embedding the Creative Commons license in the actual MP3 itself. That didn’t work too well, since the wonderfully engineered Windows Media Player choked on it (the only media player to have any problems with it that I heard about, by the way.) I just want to reiterate here that all the podcasts are licensed under the same Creative Commons license as the weblog itself, Attribution/Non-Commercial/Sharealike. If you want to use this in your own work and you meet those three criteria, you don’t have to ask me – just do it. If you aren’t planning on attributing to me (dunno why not), or you are using it in a commercial context or you aren’t willing to offer your own work under at least as permissive CC license, then ask me.
What brought this up is that Tom over at Wired Jesus posted that he was thinking about using excerpts from my God essay and wanting permission. Assuming that he’s willing to use that same CC license, he doesn’t need explicit permission because I’ve already pre-granted it with my license. In most cases, using excerpts should be covered by fair use anyway. I can’t say it is a problem having folks being conservative with asking permission, but in almost any case you probably don’t need it. I encourage people to use the Creative Commons license explicitly on your blogs and podcasts, if for no other reason than this. Because many of us use share-alike, if you use it too then it eases a lot of things up.
The main reason I use sharealike is because it seems kind of rude to use something you got from someone else by their kindness to CC license it for you, and then lock it up in a license more restrictive than the original (or no CC license at all.) It’s all about neighborliness, or in Jesus terms “Doing unto others as you did to them when you took their Creative Commons licensed work unto your own breast”.