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« on: May 04, 2009 11:19:25 PM »

when you come up with your own ideas, how do you deal with people taking them and making them themselves when you havne't given them permission?
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« Reply #1 on: May 05, 2009 06:37:10 PM »

Unfortunately, in the craft world alot of people tend to think similarly, so it is very difficult to prove that the idea was originally yours. I would say just ignore it and consider it flattery, unless they try to start selling something based on your idea. Then, if you can prove it was your idea first, you might consider talking to a lawyer or someone who knows the law to see what you can do about it.
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« Reply #2 on: May 06, 2009 08:24:40 AM »

Well, remember that craftster is an open community, so just know that if you post here with something awesome, other people are going to try to make that item too...that is what crafters do...

If you are posting elsewhere, maybe write a little bit reminding people that your ideas are copyrighted?  Sometimes people just don't know.

Anytime you post your work on the internet, for millions of people to see, there is going to be a few people who are "inspired" by your idea and want to imitate it.  That is sometimes just the cost of all the exposure?  I would think of it as flattery!  People obviously must think your idea rocked!!
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« Reply #3 on: May 06, 2009 11:21:39 PM »

which is why I never post pictures of my evening bags , beaded jewelry etc
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« Reply #4 on: May 07, 2009 06:25:41 AM »

you guys are all right. >.< i was just being petty about the whole thing. thanks for helping me realize that.
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