CC: What The Hell Is It?

I always though the cc in that weird separate column in your emails were for notes, not actually useful considering you’re sending an email because you want to, well, exchange notes with someone.

I still don’t know what that cc is for, this is about a different cc.

CC in this case stands for ‘Creative Commons’, a free copyright license thingy to make an easy way to give public permission to share and use the stuff you create and post online on your own terms. Or, if I’m using their words, “under conditions of your choice.”

CC gives you the right to distribute your licensed (for free!) work, making it beneficial for everyone because it makes you more accessible and easier for folk to find you, which is pretty cool. So, really, that dream we all have of being discovered by our favorite celebrity is closer than you think, thanks to CC. (Notice me, Senpai!)

Ok, it doesn’t really work like that, but we can dream.

Intellectual property, or IP, is a little different. According to the World Intellectual Property Organization (WIPO) “Intellectual Property refers to creations of the mind, such as inventions; literary and artistic works; designs; and symbols, names and images used in commerce.” So if you write a book or invent a new name or draw a picture thats original and specific to you, IP protects your rights to it. (so you can legally throw a fit when people take your shit, kinda)

So yeah, this stuff is kinda cool. Thought y’all might wanna know.


3 thoughts on “CC: What The Hell Is It?

  1. CC in email means “Carbon Copy” which refers to sending an exact copy, as back in the days of typewriters they literally used a carbon sheet between 2 pieces of paper to make 2 prints at once.


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