... to share this post on decor8.
Especially ponder the line 'I’m not sure that many are doing an excellent job of pointing out the difference (between inspiration and copying)'. I hear many of my scrapbooking friends moaning about their work being copied without any credit given to them, even I doubt my own handiwork when I see someone else's similar project. While of course unloading frustrations amongst friends is expected, one wonders if addressing the issue with the copy-er at some point in time would be better and healthier for us?
While I would just suck it up, accept that people copy and I really can't do anything about it (except bemoan to my friends, and hope that they realise I'm whining and not trying to be a troublemaker). After all, who am I to think that my work is worthy of being copied?
I think if only we could just have a firmer stand against unethical copying, banding together instead of punishing those who choose to have their say heard ... we could all be better creative individuals. A supportive community of creative souls can be just that - supportive. If Erika Firm can choose ethics over economic sense, why can't other enterprises? Why can't we as creative individuals?