After reading about Creative Commons licensing on their website, I have gathered that CC helps those who originate creative work, as well as efficiently helps others who wish to use someone else’s work for their own (read: regulated) purposes. One of their goals is to help individuals share knowledge legally with others. I think that’s really cool. CC also emphasizes that the type of license you use is completely up to you — AKA, you can decide how your work can be used by others. That’s pretty cool, too. I appreciate how convenient CC makes it for people to share their creative work with others and show others how awesome someone else’s work is.
As for Intellectual Property and the laws concerning it, I refreshed my knowledge on Cornell’s site, which said:
“The law of intellectual property is commonly understood as providing an incentive to authors and inventors to produce works for the benefit of the public by regulating the public’s use of such works in order to ensure that authors and inventors are compensated for their efforts.”
These regulations include copyright and patents. So, IP laws protect creators while also allowing their work to be used by the public. Not so different from CC, eh?