Post # 1
Tough subject here. I found a set of invitations that I LOVED on Etsy, however the seller isn’t able to to accommodate the changes I was hoping she’d be able to make. Mostly, I was hoping for the invitations to be printed on linen instead of metallic card stock in colored ink rather than black, and to be A9 rather than A7.
So… not sure what to do. I’m pretty fluent in graphic design and easily put together a design that is based on what I liked about her invitations. Should I email her and ask if she can sell the “inspiration” to me, even though I don’t need a proof? How much do you think she’d charge for that? It seems unethical to use the invitations I made without somehow compensating/crediting her, doesn’t it?
Thanks in advance!
Post # 3
I think it depends on how similar your invitations are to her design. It might not be a bad idea to message her and ask if your design is okay to use. I have no idea what she’d charge–could be about the same as the cost of the invitations you would have purchased from her, but she might be generous and let you use your design free of charge.
Post # 4
How would you credit them? In your programs? Guests won’t know or care where they came from as long as they have the necessary info. If you love her design, order a sample. You don’t need to explain why you want it, especially since you will not be selling it for profit.
Post # 5
I don’t think you need to. You tried to get her to make them, she wouldn’t or couldn’t, so you did it yourself with your additions. They are officially yours. Now, I think it’s bad ethics to tur around and sell them, but again what you have isn’t a product she sells.
Post # 6
Thanks, all! I guess the big thing is that my design is HEAVILY based on hers. I changed the fonts and wording, but overall the look is the same.
@Mrs Grape First of all, welcome back! Sending my design to her is a good idea. I guess I’m just afraid that she will either refuse me outright or quote me a ridiculously high price (she only sells the printed invitations, not a digital file).
@Ember78: I guess I just mean pay her for her idea, rather than credit her somewhere. I don’t need a sample, because I have made myself a proof in Photoshop (based on her original design).
@Belle2Be: That’s true. I guess I worry because of intellectual property? SIGH. Your reply is pretty much exactly what I wanted to hear, but I’m still undecided.
Post # 7
@anon12345: I’m not a huge believer in intellectual property, LOL, so maybe you shouldn’t go by me. My thing is, we’re inspired by everything we see. Chances are, the invites the etsy lady makes are a close match to ones several other people make. I’ve yet to see anything that is completely original, especially if its trendy (like damask accents). Anyway, I think intellectual property only applies when you try to sell something identical, piece by piece. And even then the rules are fuzzy.
Post # 8
Just to be comfortable, I’d ask her about using them if they’re really really similar. Something like Hershey’s Kiss stickers I’m fine with, since there are TONS out there, but if your invite is a really close match, it can’t hurt to ask…if she was refusing to make or couldn’t accommodate the changes, she may just let you use them for free or a reduced fee.
If you don’t want to ask (not sure she could keep you from doing it anyway, even if she said no), you can ease your conscience a bit and just have an ‘inspired by etsy123‘ or something on the back, to give her some recognition.