(Closed) How to credit the designer that “inspired” our invitation suite?

posted 8 years ago in Paper
Post # 3
3521 posts
Sugar bee
  • Wedding: December 2010

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
4485 posts
Honey bee

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
1986 posts
Buzzing bee

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 # 7
1986 posts
Buzzing bee

@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
5118 posts
Bee Keeper
  • Wedding: November 1999

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.  

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