Let’s play a little game. (This is merely an example)
I created this in Photoshop today to go with this post.
Cute right? And perfect to go along with the topic.
I was searching for inspiration for this post today and I came across this print from Open Heart Creations on Etsy.
It’s obviously a knock-off of the original, with a slightly different font.
But since I changed the font, would it be ok for me to sell it, or to even claim it as my own?
What if I change the words?
- Imitation is flattering, but when that imitation is sold for profit without permission, that is wrong.
- Just because you are able to recreate something, doesn’t mean you should. But if and when you do, you should always give credit. Because I guarantee you, if the shoe is ever on the other foot, it won’t feel good.
- If you post your project, whether inspired or imitated, on your blog, always site the source. Make sure to take note of the original inspiration’s blog policies. For example, many bloggers require that you get permission before using their photos or content. Some will allow you to freely use one photo as long as there is a link back. Others still, have no policy, so you will have to use common sense and good judgement, follow your heart, and follow the golden rule:
At a reader’s request, feel free to grab the above image and use it on your blog! 🙂
This has been a pretty hot topic lately in some of the groups I belong to…what’s your feeling on the subject?