Intellectual Property and the Content Control Industry

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Intellectual property (IP), as defined by the World Intellectual Property Organisation, relates to the creation of the mind; inventions; literary and artistic works; and symbols, names and images used in commerce. IP is then divided into industrial property and copyright.

What intrigued me the most learning about this topic was the thought of not having copyright in our lives. We have grown up in an era with copyright laws to prevent our works from being repurposed by others.

Before copyright became relevant, protecting others from having their works taken by someone was considered to be part of the public domain. This allowed anyone to take your work and claim it as their own.

These days many people create watermarks onto their works. You can find them on pictures posted to platforms such as Instagram, Facebook, Twitter and Pinterest and many other social media sites. They are not limited to just social media, you can find them on other works such as paintings. These marks are a way to prevent others from using their images/works and claiming them as your own. They are super easy to make and stamp onto your images. Below is a quick tutorial on how to make one for yourself!

-Olivia

7 thoughts on “Intellectual Property and the Content Control Industry

  1. I love how you added a video on watermarks! It’s such a smart way to ensure people aren’t stealing your ideas as nowadays especially online it can be very hard to have your own ideas without people stealing them. We see this with small content creators being ripped off by larger ones. We don’t see much consequences as there is such a grey area! It can be thus smart to use watermarks!!

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  2. Great post, I love how you’ve included the watermark tutorial, it shows just how relevant copyright issues are today and is super helpful in showing others how to overcome that 🙂

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  3. I’m really impressed with your idea of making a video on watermarking. It ensures people understand the importance of providing ownership over content, as well as, providing a tutorial for people like myself who have no idea how to put watermarks on my work. I also like that you put hyperlinks throughout your blog, it makes it super informative.

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  4. Great topic overview. Your remediation was good, you couldv’e taken out a couple of the stuff up e.g. the page not loading first time. “…our works from repurposed by others.” should be “…our works from being repurposed by others.” just check that gramma. We took different sides this week: your remediation embraces copyright, whereas mine rejects it.

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  5. This is a really great blog post! I also did my blog post for this topic on watermarking and how to embrace copyright. Your remediation is really well made, clear and simple. Any person who views your video should be able to successfully watermark their photos.

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  6. Liv, your insertion of the definition at the beginning of the blog is amazing! Havent seen anyone else directly use a reliable source in their blog to then further follow along from. Involving personal experiences is perfect and gives me an insight of how i can relate as an individual too! The tutorial was by far the most helpful and creative! Keep it up.. LOVE IT

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