I feel with the amount of problems related to creative property theft here lately I must quickly address the problem and provide what I think is the perfect solution.
For example, invitation designs being replicated almost exactly, website designs (stylesheets) being copied completely, social icons I created custom (she paid for these ) for a certain popular blogger I’ve seen all over the web.. Pictures being taken from other people’s websites and claimed as their own, free printables being downloaded and sold on Etsy.. Really, unfortunately, the list could go on and on..
There are some amazingly creative women bloggers and designers I follow that have had this happen to them. I, actually, have had this happen to me quite a few times. The first few times I didn’t say anything, and then I did confront them and I felt bad (I’m not really sure why I felt bad…) But I still feel bad about calling them out on it, for whatever reason. At the same time I feel I needed to stand up for myself and let them know I was aware.
It’s such a heart sinking feeling to experience theft of any kind. I’ve had my purse and phone stolen on separate occasions. Both were terrible experiences. But seeing my hard work and hours of brainstorming creative ideas just ripped of with a right click felt like someone punched me in the stomach.
The root of the problem here is simply either a lack of creativity on the posers part, or a deep admiration for those they’re copying. Either way it’s a sad fate for those that choose to copy rather than dig deep into their own creative stores. Can you ever be truly satisfied unless your success is actually yours? Will you ever be truly successful unless you’re able to create something completely different that stands out among others? I would hope and think not. At least I know I couldn’t and wouldn’t.
The moral of the story for all of you creative souls out there… Keep on truckin’! Feeling and being creative is a gift that noone can take away from you. You are providing the world with inspiration (some more than others, haha) and yourself with an outlet for your fabulous ideas. Don’t let the posers get you down!
Say a little prayer for calm and clarity. Ask God to give you the words and actions to deal with the situation in a way that He would approve of.
You can’t change other people, but you can change how you deal with those people. For the second time this week I’m referencing one of my all time favorite quotes, it fits.
“I am convinced that life is 10 percent what happens to me and 90 percent how I react to it. And so it is with you . . . we are in charge of our attitudes.” -Charles Swindoll
Just be yourself, live your life and try to have as positive an impact on others as possible. Hopefully it’ll rub off on the posers