Protecting Intellectual Property
This resource explains intellectual property and what you can do to protect your digital property, such as learning objects or open educational resources. It also explains how to interpret creative commons licenses for objects you wish to use.
When you share something on the internet you are NOT giving up your digital rights to that object. When adding a Creative Commons (CC) license to an object you allow others to use that object according to the conditions you specify in the license while still maintaining your copyright ownership.
Creative Commons Licenses
The Creative Commons is a set of copyright licenses and tools which provides a simple, standardized way to secure copyright while stipulating to others how the object may be used. It can be as open as allowing anybody to use the object, or a derivative of it, for any reason but cite you as the creator and owner of the object (CC-BY), or as restrictive as allowing others to use your object but only in its complete form, for non-commercial purposes, and also citing you as the creator and owner of the object (CC-BY-NC-ND), with several other licenses in between.
If anybody wants to use your object outside your specified restrictions they legally need to contact you, the copyright owner, for permission.
For more information on Creative Commons, see these resources: