COPY CAT! No one likes to be thought of as a rip-off artist, but some ideas are too good to be kept to themselves. If you think about it, originality and conformity have been combatants for as long as humans have been on this earth. Sometimes an idea stemming from a completely original source can change the world. So why wouldn’t you want to share that idea with everyone? Then the idea can be improved upon, opening up a dialogue in the creative process. Then again, when a company comes up with something that becomes popular enough, clones can create problems. When you come up with an idea, you want that idea to be yours so that authenticity becomes operative. Why should someone who steals something you created leech off of your success?
In this age of computer//internet intangibility it’s hard sometimes to draw the line. Some might think it’s best to have an open-source community. This could bring about improvements and create the possibility for choice. Then again, if everyone is ripping each other off, where is there room for new innovation? Leave comments on what YOUR opinion is on the matter! [via]439