Michael of St. Joseph License (MSJL)

"Share No-Resale Clause” License Condition v1.0

The Licensed Material is provided to you by the Licensor under the License, as defined below, subject to the following condition.

Without limiting other conditions in the License, the grant of rights under the License will not include, and the License does not grant you, the right to Sell the Licensed Material.

For the purposes of the foregoing, “Sell” means practicing any or all of the rights granted to you under the License to provide to third parties, for a fee or other consideration (including without limitation fees for hosting, performing, exhibiting, or consulting/support services related to the Licensed Material), a product or service whose value derives, entirely or substantially, from the content of the Licensed Material. Any license notice or attribution required by the License must also include this Share No-Resale Clause Condition notice.

Licensed Material: [licensed material name]

License: Creative Commons Attribution-ShareAlike 4.0 International

Licensor: [ABC individual / company]

Question & Answer:

What is the Michael of St. Joseph License?

The Michael of St. Joseph License (or, MSJL) is the combination of one specific Creative Commons license (CC BY-SA 4.0) and the Share No-Resale Clause. The Creative Commons organization has trademarked the name "Creative Commons" and does not allow this name to be associated with altered/stipulated versions of their licenses. For this reason it is necessary to call this license by a different name.

How can I trust the Michael of St. Joseph License?

The MSLJ is not particularly new or novel, and it is not primarily written by me. The Creative Commons is an organization with lawyers dedicated to crafting an effective license and has years of legal precedent to back it up. The Common Clause (from which the SNRC is derived) was written by the experienced intellectual property lawyer Heather Meeker. I have only done two small things:

  1. Make the minimal necessary changes to the Common Clause to make it compatible with Creative Commons licenses

  2. Put the Share No-Resale Clause over top of the Creative Commons Attribution-ShareAlike 4.0 International license

Why do you use the Michael of St. Joseph License?

I believe it is the best and most honest balance of public good and private gain. The most common modern argument in favor of intellectual "property" is that copying is the same as stealing. This is, categorically, not true. However, intellectual works have value and should be rewarded. This license allows creators to exclusively sell and "own" their work while permitting others the natural right of sharing and inspiration. Attribution requirements help prevent plagiarism (which is lying, not theft). ShareAlike requirements encourage creative reciprocity and further promotes the use of this licensing scheme.

I want to use the Michael of St. Joseph License, how should I do that?

You should consult with legal counsel if you have any questions, concerns, or doubts about licensing decisions. Nothing I have written should be construed as advice or as creating a legally binding relationship. That being said, I have made the notice of my license known in the following way:

  1. In the "Licensed Material" field I have replaced [licensed material name] with the name of my copyrighted work

  2. In the "Licensor" field I have replaced [ABC individual / company] with my author pen name

  3. With the above changes, I have posted the Michael of St. Joseph License below my copyrighted work outlined on my personal website

The Michael of St. Joseph License is licensed under CC-BY 4.0 in accord with how the Creative Commons licenses their own licenses. Attribution goes to: Michael of St. Joseph