Last week I wrote about indie publishing innovator MCM's challenge to TV viewers in the US to watch the US premiere of his cartoon, Rollbots. Well the results are in, and it looks like he'll be donating nearly $10,000 to the EFF!!! In addition, and perhaps even more significant, he'll be relinquishing all copyright claims on his next book, Typhoon, by releasing it under a Creative Commons 0 license, which I hadn't heard of until this challenge.
CC0 enables scientists, educators, artists and other creators and owners of copyright-protected content to waive copyright interests in their works and thereby place them as completely as possible in the public domain, so that others may freely build upon, enhance and reuse the works for any purposes without restriction under copyright.
In contrast to CC's licenses that allow copyright holders to choose from a range of permissions while retaining their copyright, CC0 empowers yet another choice altogether – the choice to opt out of copyright and the exclusive rights it automatically grants to creators – the "no rights reserved" alternative to our licenses.
This is from a small-time guy who makes almost all his income from his writing projects. If that's not putting your money where your mouth is, I don't know what is. I know I'll be buying Typhoon (The Vector was excellent!)