Intellectual Property and Creative Commons

First of all, I apologize for the lack of content-production on my part. Right now I am juggling nine classes along with home life, so things have been pretty stressful. I want to make it clear that I am extremely envious of all of you who are able to sit down for hours and just hammer things out. This has never been possible for me with two kids and now a third on the way. Either I am being Mom or I am sitting down at the end of the day, fighting to keep my eyes open. Oh well. Suck it up, buttercup. Graduation is so close I can taste it and I am not going to allow a boatload of homework to hold me back from finally ending my career as an undergrad. I will be using today and tonight to effectively catch up on all necessary posts and get to the point where I can remain up to date in the class.

On to Intellectual Property. The WIPO website was very informative on the subject. I have found that googling can be iffy, but this website was legit in the fact that it belongs to the World Intellectual Property Organization. Here is a list of what WIPO does, in case you’re interested.

Intellectual Property consists of  creations of the mind including inventions, literary and artistic works and symbols, names, images and designs. Intellectual Property is separated into two categories of laws that protect the different types of creations of the mind: Industrial Property and Copyright. Industrial Property is anything like patents, trademarks, industrial designs and geographic indications of source. Trademarks protect words phrases and symbols.

Copyright is the other category and it includes literary and artistic works such as  novels, poems, plays, films, musical works, artistic works such drawings, paintings, photographs, sculptures and architectural designs. Everything produced is automatically copyrighted, even if it is not posted. Copyright laws protect both published and unpublished works. The author or artist reserves all rights to their works.

Creative Commons is interesting. Instead of having all of your rights reserved, you can get a Creative Commons license and have lets you have some of your rights reserved. This way others can benefit from what you produce, but you will still get credit for your work. You can choose which CC license works best for you. My immediate take on this is why? So I read into it and discovered that the big idea is to use the internet to its fullest potential by making it possible for people to share their work while reserving some of their rights and getting credit for what they’ve done. But why do you need to do this is your work is already copyrighted when it is created? Well, having a CC license on your work allows others to use your stuff, remix it, build upon it, whatever. I guess I just don’t see myself working hard to publish a book and then not maintaining all of my rights to all of my hard work. Same with my photography. But if you want to spread the knowledge love, CC is a wonderful thing.

As far as copyrighting things I produce on my blog, I wouldn’t mind using a CC license to allow others to use things I produce online. It’s like internet karma, I love Pinterest and every once in a  while something I pin is removed for copyright reasons. Such is life, but its nice that overall Pinterest is a free-for- all sharing experience.



RSS Feeds

SO many acronyms online. Has anyone taken note, I mean really noticed, how many acronyms we humans have grown accustomed to? It is something that has happened with the change of technology, and it continues to happen every day. Social media sites are a huge producer of acronyms as a common language. I’d be embarrassed to admit how long it took me to realize what ‘SMH’ stood for. Shaking my head at myself.

Anyway. On to the world of RSS Feeds.  RSS used to mean Rich Site Summary, but that was taken over by Really Simple Syndication which is what has seem to stuck. Sometimes you will see RDF Site Summary. Who knows what RDF stands for? That’s an acronym within an acronym. I’m really asking the question here, by the way. I looked, but I could not find what the RDF stands for.  I figured all of this out with the help of this website.

RSS Feeds are used to distribute links to content that you would like to have other people use, on your website. It is a way to syndicate your content. Like Dilbert.

According to WordPress: The Missing Manual, we can add RSS Widgets to our blogs. I will come back to this when I am caught up on posting content for class.

For now I am simply keeping track of The Daybook with my Google Reader and classmate’s posts on the reader here on WordPress. I will subscribe to my favorite websites at some point, for now I just want to keep things uncluttered.

John Cage: Some Rules for Students and Teachers

John Cage

John Cage’s 10 Rules for Students and Teachers

John Cage says that it is a student’s responsibility to pull everything out of your teachers and fellow students. I completely agree. What have you guys in Weblogs and Wikis been learning along the way? This is my second time taking the course, so for me it’s about getting the basics down again while finding the time to generate some meaningful content in between meal times, bath times and other kid-related duties. I’m sure from time to time my posts will be a bot confusing. That can happen when you post in pieces: Work a little, save draft, work a little save draft, re-read, finally post. Clearly I have to work on my time-management skills.

I enjoy Cage’s Rule Number Four: Consider everything an experiment. Everything is ALWAYS an experiment. This is a good outlook to have on life in general.

Rule Seven makes a lot of sense, too. The only way to produce is to work to produce. And somewhere along the way, even if we are just bootstrapping our way through, we will come up with something spectacular. That’s my optimism showing, by the way.

Rule Eight is the best advice I’ve heard in a long time. Creating and analyzing are two very different processes, and I often find myself trying to multitask so that nothing actually gets done. Must work on this. You were a smart man, Mr Cage.

John Cage made some pretty good points, what do you guys think?

Hello, World


This is the post where I introduce myself to everyone in W&W class.

I’m Sabrina. Graduating this May with a BA in Social Studies with a political science emphasis, writing emphasis and Ewriting certificate. I’m not really sure where I’m going with it after graduation, but I do know I will have my third child in July. So for now, the short term is the long term.

I have two sons, Aden and Jace, ages almost-8 and 18 months. I’m married to the greatest guy, my husband Norby is awesome. He is the best dad in the world.

Blogging is relatively new to me, but if I can Facebook all day I think I can handle thinking of something to say. I will look at it as an extended Facebook status. Not so scary that way.I have no idea how to set up a blog roll and some other things.. I’ll just google it.



This blog was created to serve my Weblogs&Wikis course needs during my last semester at Bemidji State University, but I plan to post about lots more than just school and book-related topics.

I may post about photography, working in a corporate portrait studio, writing, reading, family, kids, friends, marriage, art, funny stuff, pet peeves, home decor, scrapbooking, and probably other stuff, too.

As far as books go I love Young Adult literature. I’m currently taking a course in that as well, something I’ve been meaning to do for at least the last year or so. With graduation coming up this May I’m glad it finally worked it’s way into my schedule. I would like to write YA lit someday, so I’m hoping this class can help with that process someday.

Right now I am big on the utopian/dystopian society theme. Two that I’ve read recently are the Matched trilogy by Ally Condie and the Divergent series by Veronica Roth.


Matched Trilogy

Divergent Series




So, that’s it for this first blog post. Much more to come!