Thanks everyone for your comments on Driving Without a License. Crosbie Fitch’s last comment inspired me to make this notice:
♡ Copying art is an act of love. Please copy.
What’s great about it is it’s plain old text – you can copy and paste that heart. There is no webding for the copyleft symbol. You could also use the filled-in heart instead of the outline:
♥ copying art is an act of love. please copy.
It could be shortened:
♡ Copying is an act of love. Please copy.
♡ Copying art is an act of love. Love is not subject to law.
The ♡ could graphically substitute for a ©. For example:
♡ 2010 by Nina Paley. Please copy.
Don’t care about attribution? Keep it simple and mysterious:
The ♡ can’t be trademarked (I hope), which means it can’t be controlled. That’s fine with me. Other people can, and do, use ♡ to mean all sorts of things. But it has a shared cultural meaning that transcends any use one person could put it to. Its power is that it’s not a license, not a trademark. It’s not subject to law.
What do you think?