I think we all know that having work copied is an all-too common experience in the maker and greater creative community. It's never fun, but especially when you are JUST starting out it can be quite the trial by fire. Aside from navigating the legal, today's guest, #ahasmember and South Bay/Long Beach Subchapter Leader Christina Wennstrom, also notes what an immediate test of professionalism.
I used to be an adjunct professor and the one thing that shocked me (but shouldn't have) was how much students just took things from the Internet as though it was just one big salad bar of information where you can take what you want-- no questions asked. It feels that way a lot of times when I look at blogs and Instagram. "Sharing" feels way too close to taking (even if you "credit" or tag) and then sometimes taking is just taking.
So, I have been thinking about this topic for a while. And it's a pretty nuanced topic that I think involves several different layers of issues. Then, in the course of a few weeks I have come across two different blog posts that have basically summarized everything I've been thinking. And wow, that's so refreshing! I'm so glad to know that this creative community is all churning on these ideas together and arriving at some really intelligent conclusions.