No, you don’t have to ask my permission to use anything I’ve written. Every text article on this site and all my books are released under a Creative Commons BY-SA license.
All I ask is that if you use anything I’ve written, shout me a link back to Myosynthesis.com along with an attribution to Matt Perryman, and make the reuse or remix available under the same free (as in beer and as in speech) terms.
That’s all I ask. Don’t take my words and pass them off as yours without crediting me. Don’t sell them in an info product without asking me. Definitely don’t lock them up behind archaic copyright laws while snidely lecturing everyone about your intellectual property. If you’ve got an idea to make money, by all means let me know. I’m not stingy, I just want to be kept in the loop.
Otherwise, you’re free to link to, distribute, copy, or any similar use of that material, without asking my permission. I encourage you to spread, disseminate, and freely share anything you find here.
Fair Use of Copyrighted Material
From time to time I will make use of snippets from other published works, be it a blog, magazine, website, book, or what have you. In these instances, I direct you to the Fair Use provision under the US Copyright Act, Title 17 § 107:
“[T]he fair use of a copyrighted work, including such use by reproduction in copies or phonorecords or by any other means specified by that section, for purposes such as criticism, comment, news reporting, teaching (including multiple copies for classroom use), scholarship, or research, is not an infringement of copyright.”
One of this site’s expressly stated goals is commentary on and criticism of the fitness industry, experts and professionals in the fitness industry, and any products and services that may be associated with those individuals. Reporting on current events (aka news reporting) goes without saying.
I make it a point to reference and credit any material I cite in as much detail as I can, so this shouldn’t be an issue. However, given the tone and timbre of the internet, I feel the need to make this explicit policy.