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Old 05-27-2010, 09:32
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Default Ok...how bad is this...really.

I know we all (ok, maybe not everyone) share, steal and swipe ideas from eachother in this forum. My question is...how bad is this really?

My particular question is that I have found something on etsy that I absolutely love. I mean, I LOVE it. I want to buy it to take it apart. Now, I don't feel great about doing that because I obviously get that someone spent time and possibly money to figure out how to do this. In my defense, I don't plan on sharing it in the forum or online, it would simply be something I would offer in my booth.

How bad is this, really? Would you do it for your own benefit? What is your opinion on this?

Go ahead..be honest. I can take it!

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Today I had a show and I had a lady come over and look at my bow boards. Just basic boards, canvas covered with fabric and ribbon. She picks up the board, looks at it, mumbles something under her breath and puts it back after she has studied it. I was MAD. Don't sit there in front of me and pick apart my items.

However..had she purchased it and taken it home, I wouldn't have been mad. What you do with an item once you buy it is not really any of my business (can we say Prima flower buy???) but don't do it in my face.

A few people asked what I was so interested in that I posted about it...it's the ice cream (creamsicle) and mini cupcake shaped 3d appliques that there is another thread about on the board that is being sold on etsy. I went ape s**t when I saw them and just had to have them. I actually had someone nice enough to tell me what they were made of and direct me to the products (which were readily available for purchase) however I felt bad because this is quite unique (in my opinion) and really, I would be ripping it off.

Does it make me feel any better that the items are readily available? Yes. Were they intended to be used for this, i'm guessing not. I have to give her props for making some really unique and realistic items and slapping them on a clip.

Ultimately, i'm not going to buy one and rip it apart...however I am going to buy one, if for no other reason to support her in her business and to thank her for sharing the concept (whether that was her intention or not) with everyone else.

Her etsy says something about not copying her stuff...since we have been around and around that merry-go-round a thousand times just in the short time since i've been on this board, i'm not going to worry about it other than to say that a) there are no original ideas and b) if you put it out there, you cant expect people not to want to duplicate it.

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Old 05-27-2010, 09:36
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HUm, well in scrapbooking we call it scraplifting. Change something about it and you can say you were inspired by the piece you saw. I wouldn't buy the item to take it apart though, I would just try to figure it out.
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I see nothing wrong in it. Look at how many companies copied "Robeez" (infant shoes)
A. Original Tutu dresses are copied!
B. Original hair flowers on hats are copied!

Im sure you will take it apart and will make it your own. Your heart and hands are your creations.

You paid for it....do what u will with it.
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HUm, well in scrapbooking we call it scraplifting. Change something about it and you can say you were inspired by the piece you saw. I wouldn't buy the item to take it apart though, I would just try to figure it out.
LOL...scraplifting!!! I love it!
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Old 05-27-2010, 09:41
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Default Re: Ok...how bad is this...really.

I wouldn't feel as badly about something you've purchased...my REAL beef comes from people who openly show up and take pics of my stuff (and pick it apart WITHOUT buying it). The item is usually left unsaleable...and I've received absolutely nothing for my time,effort and inspiration...
There's not much out there that's truly original...
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Old 05-28-2010, 03:25
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Default Re: Ok...how bad is this...really.

I wouldn't feel bad about it, there's nothing wrong in it. It's called reverse engineering and there are people who get lots and lots of money to do it!

:-)

Honestly, it's no big deal, there really are no original ideas left, so that person can't claim it was all theirs.
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Default Re: Ok...how bad is this...really.

i think it happens all the time... and im not saying that i would like if someone did it to me but hey, how many people only get inspiration from themselves... some people have more creativity than others.. maybe try to figure it out first before buying it and taking it apart...
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Default Re: Ok...how bad is this...really.

I think it's okay. Besides as you said you aren't listing it on etsy then trying to claim it as your own. Besides we all copy. even if you do copy it at least you paid for it!! GO FOR IT!!
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I say go for, just try to put some kind of spin on it and make it yours.
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Old 05-28-2010, 08:40
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Default Re: Ok...how bad is this...really.

Is anyone else dying to know what's so awesome that you want to make it?? LOL

Some people feel really strongly about this subject. I don't really care one way or another. I've never personally bought something to take it apart and make it, but if that's the only way you can figure it out.... YOU bought the product. Do with it what you want.
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