Authors on Medium have always owned the rights to the original content they publish here. However, some have argued persuasively for the ability to choose a license for their work other than All rights reserved.
It may seem esoteric, but there is significant value in this. We want Medium to be the home for everyone’s stories and ideas and it is the sharing of stories and ideas that makes them powerful. Ideas are most useful when they’re built upon and combined with others. Stories gain new life when they’re remixed, reinterpreted, and retold. We want to facilitate that on Medium.