Ideas, orginality and creativity are amazing things. Revered things. So revered, in fact, that we’ve created huge systems of laws and bureacracy to protect them. I’ve read many articles on copyright in the design and advertising world. In my professional life as an Interactive Creative Director we are incredibly careful in making sure that we are coming up with new ideas and checking that there hasn’t been anything similar in the market in the past.
So how far do we go in the personal/hobby crafting world when it comes to copyrights, trademarks and patents?
When I create at home I do so with wild abandon. I let the creativity flow. I’ve never checked whether someone else has done something similar before posting it on my blog. I’ve never looked into weather I’m infringing on a patent or copyright because what I do just kinda comes out. I don’t take it all that seriously. As Willy Wonka said..
“Invention, my dear friends, is 93% perspiration, 6% electricity, 4% evaporation , and 2% butterscotch ripple”
So when it was commented on the Tag Monster softie pattern that I may be infringing a major global corporations patent I was shocked. Andrea, who has an excellent article on her blog about copyright, patents and trademarks, was even kind enough to send me the direct patent link. Personally I don’t think that the tag monster is infringing on the patent BUT all this does lead me to thinking… do we need to be more aware of infringing on these things in our personal crafting? Are we all getting a little bit too serious or am I being incredibly naive?
What do you think?