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08/25/2010 10:01:32 AM · #1
I know it's done here as a few of mine have been copied but is it really ok? Idea's are really all that I have that isolate my images from others and while I generally don't care, lately, some have been trying to sell their images that are really copies of mine. Probably don't have to tell you but lawyers are expensive and nobody wins in the court system. If it's overseas I'm generally screwed :D

Shouldn't the goal be to create our own and not copy others? Copying to learn is one thing, hell I did it, but should they be shown?

Dave

08/25/2010 10:32:27 AM · #2
there was a case a while back where someone prevailed in a court case where their idea for an image was copied and sold. Don't recall the specifics, but as a recall I didn't think it was all that close to the orignal image, but he won anyway.

This isn't the case, but it rings of what you are talking about. A scupture capied a photograph.

//www.law.harvard.edu/faculty/martin/art_law/image_rights.htm

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09/08/2010 08:16:14 AM · #3
copying is the best way to learn.

the problem is, many people are too lazy to use what they've learned and find their own voice or vision or style...it's just to easy to stop pushing yourself, especially if you've mastered someone else's style.

i will give those that copy this: at least they're making their own images, rather than just grabbing yours and claiming it as theirs.

i think the case ' . substr('//www.dpchallenge.com/images/user_icon/21.gif', strrpos('//www.dpchallenge.com/images/user_icon/21.gif', '/') + 1) . ' scarbrd mentioned had to do with images of london phone booths toppled over (not too clear, that was 5 or 6 years ago). depending on the situation, there can be cases made for visual plagiarism; a photojournalist her in richmond was fired from the daily paper for copying a setup of a product shot that had been used by a competing publication just a few months earlier...

i agree, though, that it's not cool to show off your copied images as if you had created them from scratch, especially if you are giving credit to the image or photographer that inspired them.
09/08/2010 08:36:28 AM · #4
I never noticed you have alot of nice images in your port; I think I'm gonna copy some.

No, seriously, I lose a bit of money through copycats in the stock market; I think it is okay to try and recreate others images, but not to use them commercially in any way or to show them off and claim the idea as your own.
09/09/2010 06:03:07 PM · #5
I do it as a learning tool but then I try to make it my own, because dont we all want to stand out from eachother?
09/09/2010 08:03:57 PM · #6
I'm not an artist, nor do I play one on DPC. My photos are basically snapshots, so this may come off as a bit of bitter speak. There was a ribbon winner a few months ago that was a direct copy of another photo. Not a photo from here, but a photo elsewhere. Direct copy. Photographer even pointed it out (after they got the ribbon). It really bothered me because there wasn't anything interesting about the photo except the idea, which admittedly had been stolen. Opened my eyes, I have to say.

I'm not experienced enough to recognize a done thing. But if I vote you high for a clever idea and find out it wasn't your idea, well, well...
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