Permissions Policy

You probably knew this already, but I own the content on this website. It is copyrighted in my name. I really want there to be a fair balance between spreading my content around while at the same time protecting my intellectual property rights. I really appreciate you understanding.

Without My Permission

You are free to do the following without my permission:

  1. Link to or any specific post on my site.
  2. Take and repost less than 200 words on any other site, given that you link back to my original post.
  3. Print my posts in any non-commercial publication (e.g., company newsletter, church newsletter, etc.), provided that you include this copyright notice: “© 2014, Mark Merrill. All rights reserved. Originally published at”


With My Permission

You must have my express written consent to do any of the following:

  1. Use this content for commercial purposes, including selling or licensing printed or digital versions of my content.
  2. Alter, transform or build upon my content.

If you have some use for my content that is not covered here, please contact me.


Re-posting and Translation Rights

I do not permit the re-posting of my posts in their entirety. This is because Google penalizes websites for publishing duplicate content. It often can’t tell which site hosts the original, so I risk getting penalized for granting permission.

In addition, I don’t allow the translation and publication or of my work in other languages. I don’t have the resources to validate the quality of translations.


Please note: I reserve the right to delete comments that are offensive or off-topic.