I have something to say!
Its about copying.
A lot of people are complaining about it on twitter, blogs, facebook etc so here is my take on it…
You fall in love with an amazing dress by a couture, high end designer. It’s beautiful – exactly what you’ve been looking for!
BUT there’s a catch…
It’s £5,000! There’s no way you can afford that.
you spot it…
… a smiliar dress in a high street shop!
It’s only £60, and it’s so similar! And what do you do? YOU BUY IT!
You don’t stand there and think… this is a copy, so I’m not going to buy it (or maybe you do – if you do then i’m not sure how you ever buy clothes!)
People follow trends and are inspired by other people’s work. If a certain style is ‘in fashion’ and there is a demand for that style then of course other people are going to create similar items that will appeal to their target audience. The wedding industry is no different.
I’m not saying blatant, outright copying is okay, quite the opposite – it’s completely wrong and totally unfair, but I don’t think there’s anything wrong with inspiration, or following trends! There is a difference!
So unless something is a complete carbon copy of something of yours, which is exactly the same then you can’t really moan about it.
I was sitting here earlier reading another post about copying and I thought…
“What if i’ve created something that’s a little bit similar to someone elses without even realising?”
I do have a little search before I make a new design, just to make sure that i’m not treading on anyones toes, but I can’t check everywhere. I could receive an email any day now accusing me of stealing an idea, when I actually haven’t.
I even worry about using certain fonts in case somebody else has used it, which is ridiculous!
I think we all need to chill out a bit!! What do you think?