I have always had the views expressed in this journal, but in light of some recent events I've been encouraged to write them down. I've tried to avoid making it overly long, but in doing so may have missed touching upon some arguments both for and against. I'd love to expand further in the comments if anyone would like to discuss.
There are no new ideas.
Not true, pure, new ideas. We are all influenced, consciously and subconsciously by our experiences and our surroundings and that gives form to our ideas and how we create them. We are constantly shaped and inspired by things in our lives and just by that alone we're all thieves. We're taking bits and pieces of what we know, what we love and what we want when we create taking parts of old we can make something new.
This is a positive thing, and unavoidable besides we cannot make anything that is not based or derived from at least one other thing. Anything can be adapted and improved upon and in many cases past ideas or creations need to evolve.
At my work during our summer camp we were having our morning meeting and our supervisor said to us, "we are all thieves. We see what works for someone else with their behavior management or their teaching organization and we take that and use it and it's fantastic! It makes all of us better counselors."
That is a good thing.
Can you imagine if someone could copyright an idea? Everyone would have idea monopolies and things would not grow nearly as fast as they do or to such an incredible extent. It is our cooperative work and building off one another that we achieve so much and such greatness. If ideas could be copyrighted then if someone else had the idea that a sun wearing sunglasses would be awesome, then you would not be allowed to also draw a sun wearing sunglasses, or write about it etc. That seems preposterous doesn't it? Sometimes I've seen artists up in arms over something that seems similar to me.
I think too often we over-react to someone that created something too similar. In many cases the similar ideas come together without any direct influence it is not always coincidence either; people have the same ideas all the time. This is often because people have same or similar inspiration sources that trigger the idea, particularly if it's anything with current media, but it can occur that people come to the same or near same idea in completely different ways around the same time.
I understand feeling slighted if someone creates something similar to you, because we all want to be original and unique and first at something. We all strive for that recognition and lasting impression that our creations leave on people, so when someone makes something similar they're essentially dividing the pool of attention and that can make us upset. If we created simply for the love of creating we would not be so adamant about wanting to share it with the world, which there's nothing wrong with wanting to do. Art is meant to be enjoyed by many and that enjoyment often brings happiness to the artist.
I also understand that not in all cases does someone accidentally come to the same idea/design, or build upon it at all, sometimes entirely copying it. I think in many of these cases its laziness or assumption no one would notice.
This is true theft. This is not inspiration and in many cases is not the taking an idea but a tangible creation and that I do not support. Yet I think too often we are quick to assume that this is what is happening, when with most, it's not.
Conflicts frequently arise due to a lack of communication. Just taking some time to reasonably speak with someone if you suspect theft may reveal truths you weren't initially aware of.
For instance, your mind is usually impressed upon by the first thing it encounters, so when it comes across something similar a second time it relates that piece to the first sighting. i.e. listening to cover songs by a band not the original artist. Sometimes if you hear the cover version first you like it more than the original and vice versa.
In some cases though, that first work you saw, even if it's the more popular or better made piece, wasn't necessarily the 'original' or the first. The second work may have been the 'original', so you might be accusing someone of theft, trying to protect a piece you know about, when it's actually reversed!
Some simple communication would easily clear this up.
So rather than jump to assumptions and accuse someone of theft, take a step back and consider if you're looking at someone using inspiration instead, or simply that two people have come to similar ideas in separate ways. A similar piece does not always mean theft or malicious intent.
I do suggest that if you are consciously deriving inspiration from somewhere/something, that you credit that source. I think it would help keep the negative associations down and all goes back to some of the first things I was saying that we tend to get so protective of what we make because we like to have the recognition for it. By showing that you were influenced by someone else, you're crediting them and their work and it's over all better manners. Although ideas are not protected with copyright, treating them with proper respect for the 'original' creator is better ethics than just freely taking them at every opportunity.
There Are Only 7 Stories
Originality and CopyrightLately i see a lot of people complain about this, Originality in character and Rp Group (which is rather too popular now),
So i do some research
What does copyright protect?
Copyright, a form of intellectual property law, protects original works of authorship including literary, dramatic, musical, and artistic works, such as poetry, novels, movies, songs, computer software, and architecture. Copyright does not protect facts, ideas, systems, or methods of operation, although it may protect the way these things are expressed. See Circular 1, Copyright Basics, section "What Works Are Protected."
How do I copyright a name, title, slogan or logo?
Copyright does not protect names, titles, slogans, or short phrases. In some cases, these things may be protected as trademarks. Contact the U.S. Patent & Trademark Office, 800-786-9199, for further information. However, copyright protection may be available for logo artwork that contains sufficient authorship. In some circumstances,
Your idea is NOT original
Originality? What's that?
You heard me, what is originality? Well the dictionary defines it as:
1. the quality or state of being original.
2. ability to think or express oneself in an independent and individual manner; creative ability.
3. freshness or novelty, as of an idea, method, or performance."
To this I say they are right but they are also wrong. When it comes to story writing I have only one thing to say to you and your idea.
IT IS NOT ORIGINAL.
Nothing is, sure your teacher might say it is but I can tell you now there is someone out there with the exact same idea. It is all in the matter of who gets it published first. However, your idea might not be original but the spin in which you want it to take is. It might even be the tiniest of details but you can make it your own, sparking with originality. To that I say yes it is the way to go. Just don't take my word for it, you need to know these things yourself. I might be wrong w