I have a slightly more serious topic for today. It’s something that has been bothering me for a bit and I’ve had some conversations with others that indicate it’s bothering them too.
Giving credit where credit is due.
I get it, you see or read something you like, it sticks with you and influences your next project. Someone has a fantastic idea for a blog post and it strikes you that you have some thoughts on the same topic. You see a recipe that you have to try and share with the world. That’s all one thing and actually what the idea behind Pinterest is all about…what I’m talking about is a slightly different monkey. I’m talking about seeing something, liking it a lot it, and flat out making it yourself. From top to bottom copying it for your own.
Actually, I get that too, and I do it all the time. I see something I like and make it. I also see something here and something there and oh my golly! Look at what I have now. No biggie.
Or is it?
Here’s where my issue with that comes in: When people are making/writing something, selling it, making money off of someone else’s idea, and claiming it as their own.
Maybe I’m sensitive to it because I’ve had lots of ideas ripped off? Blog posts where I’ve seen a IP address on my stats counter and they post something much like it the next week without linking back; work projects pitched as someone else’s and not even a mention that we had collaborated on it; crafty projects copied and I see them sold later on without even a nod that they had seen my work first.
I understand that posting it on the internet puts it out there and it’s not yours anymore, I also can understand that there really aren’t all that many “new” ideas out there, but how difficult is it to toss a link in a post or a shot out on facebook when you use someone else’s work?
Questions I’m seriously posing to you today:
- Is taking someone else’s idea and using/selling it as your own a big deal?
- Do you link back if you make/write something from someone else?
- How much has to be “theirs” before you link back?
- Am I just being a whiny biznatch about this whole thing?
Let me know what you think? I’d love to hear from crafters, artists, photographers, and writers to so please share if you’d like!
***If I’ve used something of yours or you feel like I have, let me know what and where and I’m happy to provide links. I do not wish to rip anyone off! ***