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To the operators of, it has come to my attention that you are hosting images of my child, Emma Clover, on a biography page describing an actor of the same name. The page I am describing is preserved at,_Emma.

As a webcrafter, I am professionally dismayed at the typography and inaccessibility of that site. It does not respond to various devices, and has extraneous markup that prohibits it from being read by services that help people in understanding the subject. You’ve taken the time to add the so-called “open social graph” elements, but you still load iframes and wrap everything in unnecessary div blocks. I recommend that you seek a professional webcrafter to redo your site that follows modern best practices and technology.

However, that is not why I am writing to you today; rather, it is the personal matter of hosting images of my young child Emma Clover. No doubt you have some automated services scraping the internet for images, and I hope this causes you to reconsider that strategy and take a more hands-on approach to gathering information.

All the images you’ve used are either full copyright, or licensed under a Creative Commons Attribution Share-Alike license. Where it is licensed under CC, we require attribution. As the images you’ve pulled are from a few different sites, please check your logs and attribute correctly (we normally ask for the name of the photographer, either me or Susan Magnolia, and a link to the appropriate site). As an advocate of the commons, I will help you in this if you’d like, you can reach me at, or one of the ways described at

If your software prohibits you from easily attributing those images, or you otherwise choose not to comply with the license we’ve released those images under, please remove them from your site. If you have any questions, please feel free to contact me, or check the resources listed at; the mailing list or IRC channel may be the quickest way to get help on how to use culture licensed with Creative Commons.

I look forward to your response and compliance.

This is also posted as an open letter at


August 27, 2013 — 1 Comment

Accounting software is not something I like to think about, but thankfully someone is (and someone else).

I just received a message from System76 introducing BeansBooks, a “new, Open Source, cloud accounting platform” the company created.

It doesn’t seem easier than anything else I’ve seen that has “-Books” in the name, but it is open source and I learn stuff based on that alone. However, it is licensed under the BeansBooks Public License, which is obviously not a license I am familiar with.

I’ve opened a ticket with them, asking for a relicense with a more used and well-known license, or to at least explain how this license is like a different license. System76 sells computers with Ubuntu installed. I am not sure if they are ignoring the best parts of Ubuntu, or embracing the worst.

Theming licenses

March 26, 2011 — 2 Comments

I want to create a theme for four software projects that have different licenses. Hilarity ensues.

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I kinda rant about Gnome Stew’s call for translators, but I try to present an alternative solution as well.

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I got sucked into fonts (again) and thought about the general state of font licensing and repositories (again).

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