Here is a quick overview of what Creative Commons is, according to Wikipedia.
Creative Commons (CC) is a non-profit organization devoted to expanding the range of creative works available for others to build upon legally and to share. The organization has released several copyright-licenses known as Creative Commons licenses free of charge to the public. These licenses allow creators to communicate which rights they reserve, and which rights they waive for the benefit of recipients or other creators. An easy to understand one-page explanation of rights, with associated visual symbols, explains the specifics of each Creative Commons license. Creative Commons licenses do not replace copyright, but are based upon it. They replace individual negotiations for specific rights between copyright owner (licensor) and licensee, which are necessary under an “all rights reserved” copyright management with a “some rights reserved” management employing standardized licenses for re-use cases where no commercial compensation is sought by the copyright owner.
Confusing? My thoughts exactly, but basically CC makes it able for us to share each other’s work online under certain circumstances.
Now here is a short overview of intellectual property, again according to Wikipedia.
Intellectual property (IP) is a legal concept which refers to creations of the mind for which exclusive rights are recognized. Under intellectual property law, owners are granted certain exclusive rights to a variety of intangible assets, such as musical, literary, and artistic works; discoveries and inventions; and words, phrases, symbols, and designs. Common types of intellectual property rights include copyright, trademarks, patents, industrial design rights and in some jurisdictions trade secrets.
Also a little confusing, and a lot of jargon and rhetoric.
According to our text, if you create a site that includes content owned by someone else and you don’t have permission to use it, WordPress has the power to yank your site. Copyright (and other) complaints are made at http://wordpress.com/complaints. This is all nothing new, and happens more than you think. You have to be careful when posting, folks.
This site helped me figure out the whole copyright thing: http://billymeinke.wordpress.com/2012/08/08/how-to-get-a-creative-commons-license-for-your-blog-or-website/. Which led me to this site here: http://creativecommons.org/choose/ I now have a brand spanking new Copyright — Creative Commons Attribution 3.o Unported License.
Good luck everyone! More to come later.