Before I post my question, please know that I am not being snarky or rude, the question is sincere.
I have seen on many blogs that people make tutes (which are wonderful, thank you) and then post 'for personal use only' or do not sell items made with this tutorial'. Now, I completely understand not wanting anyone to copy your tute, there is a lot of time and effort involved. My question is, how can someone make the claim on the idea?
I mean something general like a standard rectangular tote bag or a gathered skirt or a zippered pouch? I seriously doubt they originated the idea. These things have been around quite a long time. Obviously, there are exceptions and some truly unique ideas out there (although I maintain that we are all inspired by something) which I can understand a bit more. I guess the same question can be made for commercial patterns too really.
Please educate me on this. Is there something I am missing? How can someone lay claim to a very general idea like those I mentioned above that we see everywhere from craft shows to Wal-mart?
Thank you for taking the time to read this and for any insight you can offer. I hope I didn't offend anyone.