I'm extremely supportive of people who work hard to maintain control over the publishing of their writing. In general, I support copyright. But the rules are a bit different for this blog - most of how I think and write has been so influenced by friends, family, readers and all kinds of brilliant people that I don't have anything original worth protecting. I won't bore you with why I have a bohemian, free love writing philosophy. Instead let's get down to the custom Drift copyright.

I don't really mind it if you copy posts from this blog. In fact, I'd be downright flattered. However, some guidelines exist which if followed, would put me in your debt should you find content here worth copying.

Best way to flick content from the Drift is to reproduce a portion of the post and link back to the original article for the rest. You'll find the permalink to the original article by clicking on its title and looking at your browser's address box. The best example I can give of this is the link to one of the Drift's posts by Steami. Another great example: Desipundit's link to the Drift Bollywood Power List. These are hugely cool ways to reuse my content.

If you must copy the entire post for any reason, I'd appreciate an acknowledgement of the original post on the Drift via a link at the top of your copy. If that doesn't sit well with you, a link at the bottom of the copy will work as well.'s reproduction of Vishal's interview from the Drift is a good example of this.

If you copy stuff from my blog without any credit - I'll be disappointed. I'll probably lose some respect for you. But life will go on. However if you copy my stuff and try to pass it off as your own, I might harass you. A bit - I don't have much spare time. But one email to Google can do wonders in this regard if you happen to know the right people. There are some blanket exceptions to this policy:

When copying stuff, please include the content verbatim. Please don't make any changes, add or delete content. I'm just trying to protect myself here from potentially being named in a supari because you took my content and went crazy ass bananas embellishing it.

Often I'll include pictures that are from the private collection of the subject of an interview or their friends. You simply cannot copy that content. Feel free to take words I generate. But please leave other people's content on my blog alone. I'll call out this type of content in each applicable post to make sure you can identify it clearly and easily.

Don't just copy my content for keyword harvesting. In other words - don't be evil. When in any doubt about copying my content, use your best judgment. To help you make an informed decision, I'll list out my priorities. But don't worry about screwing up - life's too short. Way up there: Regular readers who interact with everyone Regular readers who leave comments occassionally Regular readers Occasional visitors Anyone who has time to read my junk Way down there: Page hits through searches If you can find it in your heart to make a decision that works well for me and you, I'll be grateful!

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