Not condoms, but Creative Commons.
Protect yourself, or rather, your work with Creative Commons. This is not a paid posting, but this is something I’d like to share with all of you out there. Originally, I intend to write about something else, but after reading Eric’s most recent blog entry, I can’t help but post up this one first. LOL…
No, Eric didn’t plagiarize my work or anything close to that, but his funny statement on he dare not a title that I used for my blog entry cuz he’s afraid that he might ended up selling his ass on the street because he thought that I might charged him royalty for using a sentence from my blog made me giggle non-stop, and it got me thinking about copyright.
Eric was joking, of course, but his little joke got me thinking and wonder. How many of you are concern about copyright and Fair Use when you are writing your entries? And how many of you knows that you could actually copyright your blog?
As a writer, I’ve always been concern about copyright and royalty. More often than not, I try not to use excerpts or pictures from the net, as it doesn’t belong to me, and for what it’s worth, it’s licensed and not royalty free. In other words, you cannot use it without paying or without permission, and if you did, you can be subjected to lawsuit.
I told Eric that he may use whatever he can find in my blog as long as he give credit to me as my blog is protected or rather, licensed under Creative Commons.
All right, ladies and gentlemen, what is Creative Commons? Allow me to elaborate. Creative Commons is a nonprofit corporation dedicated to making it easier for people to share and build upon the work of others, consistent with the rules of copyright.
They provide free licenses and other legal tools to mark creative work with the freedom the creator wants it to carry, so others can share, remix, use commercially, or any combination thereof.
Creative Commons defines the spectrum of possibilities between full copyright and the public domain. From all rights reserved to no rights reserved.
Creative Commons licenses help you keep your copyright while allowing certain uses of your work â€” a â€œsome rights reservedâ€ copyright.
If you scroll down, you’d notice that on the bottom right of my blog, there’s this logo:
My blog, Over A Cuppa Tea is is licensed under a Creative Commons Attribution-Noncommercial-No Derivative Works 2.5 Malaysia License. And permissions beyond the scope of this license is available at email@example.com.
That would mean, you are free to copy and share my work with others, as long as you give the credits to me and not making money out of it.
In other words, you are not allowed to use plagiarize my article and claim it as yours and make money out of it. You are also not allowed to use my work for commercial use. You are also not allowed to modify or change my articles and claim it as yours, unless you’re using it for Fair Use.
So, to put it simply…I don’t allow the plagiarism of my work, and the use of my work without permission and if I found out you’ve been doing hanky panky stuff with my articles, your ass might be screwed.
So, my dear precious ones… if you are concern about people copying your work and making money out of it, or using your masterpiece without your permission to taint your good name, head over to Creative Commons and protect your blog, your images as well as your media under it.
For those who already knew about Creative Commons, thank you very much for bearing with me. 😀
Cleffairy: I hate plagiarism… that’s why I protect my blog under Creative Commons.