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Why do you need to choose a license every time you publish an instructable?

I don't get why do you need a license. I just choose GPL (General Public License).

Kiteman7 years ago
Some people prefer to give their work more protection, especially if they have published something wholly original. Unfortunately, this being the internet, that often does not protect them, and ripped-off copies of Instructables (just the site content, not an actual item!) licensed "not for profit" have been offered for sale on ebay.
Using the GPL also provides a measure of protection against someone coming along and copyrighting or patenting an idea someone has created too, doesn't it? For instance, if one had the desire to keep the idea in the public domain?