I was at Renningers Antique Extravaganza this weekend and asked a vendor if I could take a photo of a stunning chandelier and share it on my page. When possible I always ask for permission and it usually ends up with a nice conversation and discussion of vintage treasures.
Well, I didn't get the photo because the vendor was afraid of her ideas being copied and "where I'm from that's called stealing." I promise I didn't get the photo but I have thinking about the conversation we had. It was uncomfortable. I had no plans to copy it.
I have a few thoughts on this issue. Let me say I have been inspired by others. I have also been copied, which I was unhappy about but I don't own the world of ideas. I put my personality and vision into what I make so no one else can do what I do.
So where is the line drawn in the sand? In this case the design inspiration is available online. The vendor created a light fixture that used elements of these designs in a beautiful combination.
|Via Shades of Light|
|Found on Etsy|
|Via Pottery Barn|
My question is this: If someone combines three readily available design inspirations in a charming way is it actually so original that copying it is stealing? Are there any new ideas under the sun?