I got told yesterday. Andrei and I's machine learning course has officially been pirated.
By someone with the same name as me.
Let me be clear, I don't condone stealing.
But how could I be upset when all I've done is build upon the work of others and given it my own twist?
All of the work in my course wouldn't have been possible if it wasn't for the hard work of others.
The developers who built pandas, who crafted NumPy, who decided TensorFlow should be open-sourced. The lectures of Jeremy Howard, the writings of Jake Vanderplas, the enthusiasm of Andrew Ng, the feedback from people I've worked with.
How could I despise gatekeepers when I myself am a gatekeeper?
The way I see it is my creations are no longer mine.
Once they're out there, they're out there.
If you stumble across a free version of my course, I hope you enjoy it, I poured my soul into it. Don't feel guilty for using it, it's yours as much as ours (I discussed this with Andrei, the other half of the instructors, and he echos this).
The sales so far have provided more than enough for more to keep creating and provide for my family. That's all I'm ever after.
As I said to Daniel, all I ask is you pass the energy on in one way or another to someone else who could benefit from it.
The internet has made the world such a place where you can learn and create almost for free. Use it wisely.
And if you do want to pay for access to the course, the machine learning course page on this blog always has the best deal available.
Keep learning, keep creating.