(Closed) DIY and ethics

posted 11 years ago in Paper
  • poll: How close is too close to your DIY inspiration? What is ethical?

    If I can recreate it, I don't (or wouldn't) feel bad copying 100%

    Changing a few words and phrasing is enough to make it my own

    Changing some of the layout/colors/asthetics/fonts is enough to make it my own

    Re-write it without looking at the inspiration, like you did when summarizing quotes in college

    It's okay to steal her words

    It's okay to steal her color scheme

    It's okay to steal her font choices

    It's okay to steal her layout

    Find your own darn creativity and stop stealing things!

  • Post # 17
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    188 posts
    Blushing bee
    • Wedding: July 2010

    I am big on protecting intellectual property. I feel that if you are going to do your own invitations, you can use her’s for inspiration to some degree, but make it your own. Improve on what the artist has displayed on Etsy. Change the wording, don’t use the exact font. Change the colors. You can be inspired by something and not copy it nor stealing it, per say. 

    Post # 18
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    Bumble bee
    • Wedding: June 2010

    I’m a designer….and I think that you can do whatever you want if it’s for personal use.  People DIY stuff that they see in magazines all the time…whether it’s a birdhouse or whatever.  As long as you aren’t planning on selling it and making money…I see nothing wrong with it. 

    Post # 19
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    Sugar Beekeeper
    • Wedding: November 2010

    ditto mandalynn: i mean look at all of the crystal cake toppers!!! bird cage veils and more!!! i think that if you do it yourself it’s inspired, i look at other ideas all the time and see what i can’t do to recreate it and make it my own, you know?!  i think there are tons of invites on that same type of vein and when you order it you’d be recreating different versions of it for your own use, for example instead of the florally marks you’d be using a different motif, etc.

    heck after a show i even had someone CALL ME to send them pictures of my centerpiece design so that they could COPY IT!! i was like wth?! but i directed them to my FB page where it is and wished them luck on it (it’s expensive to copy, but errr who calls someone and tells them that?!)

    Post # 20
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    Bumble bee
    • Wedding: June 2010

    @daydreamwanderer

    Honestly if it’s personal use it’s not technically it’s not copying. If you use it to sell it on Etsy in that case than it is wrong to copy the idea..

    I was just curious if you can post a pic of the invitations?

    Post # 21
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    175 posts
    Blushing bee
    • Wedding: July 2010

    I agree with everyone else, as long as it’s for personal use and your are not profitting from the situation then GO AHEAD.

    COPY it word for word. Use the same COLOURS, FONTS, STYLES…

    It’s an idea and if it’s perfect for you then just recreate it! There is no harm in that!

    Post # 22
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    Bumble bee
    • Wedding: September 2010

    Go for it! It is not like you are going to set-up shop on Etsy, you are sending them to your guests.

    Post # 23
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    Busy Beekeeper
    • Wedding: July 2010

    I say DDW to use the basic style, but make it your own!  You’re awesome and can do that!!  🙂  Love the basic design feel too though.

    Post # 24
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    Bumble bee
    • Wedding: July 2010

    I agree with others here… as long as you’re making some changes, and not selling these or marketing them, than it should be fine.  If it were me, I would also be a little extra careful too, and not blog about the invitations… and don’t post pictures of them online.  If you post images, then it seems like the seller could potentially find the images and come after you for plagarism.  I’m not sure what the laws are here regarding things posted online, but I think it’s a good added precaution.

    Post # 25
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    1209 posts
    Bumble bee
    • Wedding: September 2010

    I agree with ski, I would not blog about or post pics, unless you are going to do enough changes so that no one can say “hey thats my design!”.

    Post # 26
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    1568 posts
    Bumble bee
    • Wedding: March 1996

    There’s nothing unethical about copying the living daylights out of anything for personal use. It’d be a problem if you were to try to sell it yourself or distribute it to others (such as if you blogged about it). I feel like wedding planning is largely based on looking at blogs and magazines and picking things to copy from other people.

    Post # 27
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    Helper bee
    • Wedding: March 2010

    I’d just do it… maybe I should have more morals, but meh.

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