Thoughts on CC, IP & Copyrights.

I have never really had any thoughts about copyrights and all the jazz because I’ve never created a blog, or create material that people could see whenever they please. I found it interesting and useful to learn about this because I have thoroughly enjoy having a blog and if it takes off after this class then I can use what I learn into this blog later on.

Well, I had no idea what an Intellectual Property (IP) was so here is the definition I read, “Intellectual property refers to creations of the mind: inventions; literary and artistic words; and symbols, names and images used in commerce.” [1]. I didn’t know that Intellectual Property are divided into two different categories, Industrial Property and Copyright. Industrial Property is “patents for inventions, trademarks, industrial designs and geographical indications.” And Copyright “covers literary works, such as novels, poems, plays, films, music, and artistic works.” [2] I does make a lot of sense why we have copyright laws because after reading several articles on this topic I noticed that without having copyright laws then people wouldn’t have the drive to create new things in this world because you could steal someones idea without any consequences. It also “spurs economic growth, creates new jobs and industries, and enhances the quality and enjoyment of life.” [3] I started to think that I wouldn’t want to take pictures, or think of new things to write about if I could just take someone’s work without any thought on it.

I now will move onto the Creative Commons (CC), “CC licenses let you easily change your copyright terms from the default of “all rights reserved” to “some rights reserved” [4] I honestly didn’t know that you could have “some rights reserved” rather than everything reserved. I also noticed that this isn’t a completely different copyright but it goes alongside copyright and helps you find something that works best for you. I thought the Creative Commons was a really great idea because it can get your work out there from people but also protects you from people selling your work as their own. You can also set up your own terms and agreements for your work, which another awesome part of the CC. The websites I visited about the Creative Commons where very helpful and entertaining as well. They had informative videos that were nice to watch and learn more about it.

Lastly, I’d like to say what copyright would be best for my blog or future work. I would have to go with the Creative Commons because I really liked how could choose your terms and agreements for your work. I plan on using a lot of my own photos and writings here on my blog. I found this assignment very helpful for my blog, what are your thoughts about CC, IP & Copyrights?



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