Contributors stealing ideas from another contributors

posted on 1st of may, 2009

These images were made by me. They are not the greatest ideas, and they are not the most beautiful designs, but still, I’m proud of them just because they were my own ideas.

A few days ago I was shocked, when searching for them in another agency, I found these same images having been copied and sold by another contributor. Placing my originals next to the fake ones, it is obvious that they were made by a different person, but the images are the same. I decided to post a thread at the forum of that agency, and found out that some people also felt frustrated about this kind of cheating, but some others weren’t bothered by this. My feeling was that these people were supporting the cheaters instead of supporting...

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Posted by Denisebeverly on May 03, 2009
sometimes we can be inspired by others designs, but out and out copying is not acceptable at any time. i really try not to look at anyone else's portfolios. i don't want a design getting stuck in there i try to recreate.
i don't do vectors so its not something i could do anyway
Posted by Cari21 on May 02, 2009
Just to make clear, this didn't happen in DT. I searched for this images in this site and didn't find them, so either this person is not a contributor in this site, or the images were rejected.
And great you liked my ideas. We'll talk later about my comission for your sales :)))
Posted by Jwtadecpa on May 02, 2009
Imitation is the greatest form of flattery. However, I suspect that originals, created by an experienced photographer, will outsell the work of a hack. Still, it stinks that you might lose sales because someone is pinching your idea. DT gives us all an opportunity to sale our work. Beginners and professionals rub elbows (virtually) on this great website. The cost of this openness is that occasionally ideas will be stolen-- especially when you have a hot image. The other way of looking at it is that you’re helping to inspire a fellow DT’er. Creativity is a gift that needs to be developed, and imitation is probably the ‘baby steps’ of developing creativity. In the end, no one can take away your originality.

One last thought, your lost sales (and those of other photographers on this site) can only be achieved if beginners go out and buy camera gear to reproduce your work. We’ve seen a huge advancement over the last few years in digital cameras and editing software. In a way,...(More)

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