There is no doubt that Joel Watts attached a CC (Creative Commons) Licence notice to the blog post of his that I copied and reused.
So what IS a CC licence?
The whole idea behind a CC licence (we might even call it the CC philosophy) is to foster a win-win situation in the world of ideas. That is, the person who creates the new work will not lose anything if someone else, who likes that work enough to want to re-use it, picks it up and does re-use it to create something new.
So, for example, if I post a new literary work, all sweated from my own furrowed imagination, like,
I feel so egg-ceptionally, god-blessed smart today that I think you have egg all over your godless dumb face
and you think, Wow!, I like that! — then the CC licence is just for you! But it’s also for me who was inspired to write the original!
It’s for me, since I only need check of the tick-boxes in the CC form to tell the world what I want and don’t want others doing with my inspired words — e.g. do I allow you to make $$$$ from my words? do I allow you to re-use without telling the world I was the original creator of those words?
And it’s for you — you can re-use my words any way you would like within the constraints of the check-boxes I ticked.
So if you take my words and create something that argues against their original intent, and even proves they are shite, no worries! If you have also created your post under a CC then I can take that, re-use it, and argue the exact opposite!
We could even have a dialogue!
And as for Joel Watts’ “(c) rights” that he also included on the same page? That right comes by default with any and every work I or Joel creates. Neither of us needs to go to a Patent Office to claim “sole rights” to every thought we think and write. That (c) right — which is, essentially, a birth-right! — is nuanced by the CC licence we subsequently attach to our work.
So next time anyone reads Joel Watts, MA, trying to tell the world about “the rule of LAW” with respect to CC, direct his attention to:
Or if you’d prefer to read the fine print, go to http://creativecommons.org/
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