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« on: November 28, 2007 09:08:19 PM »

So, hypothetical situation, I'm interested in some Craftster opinions...  I haven't seen anything in the moderators' posts about this specific issue, and I haven't found a thread that addresses this -- please re-direct me if I missed a thread about this topic!

Say Craftster A posts a project on the site. It's clear from their sig that they sell their product, which is a unique creation.

So Craftster B sees Craftster A's post, loves the idea, and makes something very similar.  Craftster B really enjoys making the project, and wants to sell their creations.

Craftster B's projects aren't identical to A's projects, but the concept is clearly derived from Craftster A.  So, from an ethical standpoint, is Craftster B free to start a web business with said product, or do you think credit/props/$ are due to Craftster A for the idea?

Thanks for your thoughts, and again, re-direct me if there's another thread about this.
« Reply #1 on: December 02, 2007 08:43:06 PM »

I don't have a business *yet* and I'm nowhere near creative enough to make billions of original crafts, but I know their are certain ethics. Honestly I feel its all up to how craftster B feels about it. Because if you look at all the big businesses out there you see Target and Walmart selling the same thing with only little differences. And economics is all about competition (hehe I learned that in my economics class!)
« Reply #2 on: December 03, 2007 05:20:35 AM »

It depends on how unique Craftster A's product was and how similar Craftster B's product is to the first product. If you can easily tell how it was made in pictures, etc, other people can (and probably have) figured it out as well.


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« Reply #3 on: December 03, 2007 08:21:26 AM »

The "feelings" of the other business owner has nothing to do with it. It's either legal, or it isn't.

If you outright copy someone, and it turns out it's an "original" pattern or something, chances are you can be nailed for it, whether you use their pattern or just eyeball it and copy it from memory. Other things are so common - a record bowl, a tote bag, etc. you couldn't be more vague on who owns rights to those kind of things. You have to consider each case on its own merits.

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