When ?Knock-Off Artists? Steal a Designer?s Ideas
Posted by ricky26 on February 12th, 2014
In this case, imitation is not flattery. It is stealing, plain and simple. When a writer finds his work copied word for word, or when his ideas have been copied, this is called plagiarism. In the same way, when a jewelry designer, who has worked long and hard on her designs, finds that someone has been copying her ideas, she is right to feel ripped off. She may be visiting a high-end store or strolling through an art show when she sees a design she created on someone else’s display booth.
While you don’t feel flattered that someone has copied, an idea or concept that you’ve worked so hard on, it may help you to know that those “designers” who are copying your ideas aren’t very confident of their ability to develop their own silver charms for charm bracelets design ideas. They doubt their creativity.
You’ve probably seen them at craft shows, moving from booth to booth, looking very closely at the work of other jewelry designers, sometimes commenting on what they see. At times, they will ask outright what you did to create a piece of jewelry. They are hoping you’ll tell them so they can “create” their own jewelry. It’s worse when you hear a duo commenting on the work they see, saying, “We can make this and sell it for less!” Not only are they stealing your ideas, they are shortchanging themselves.
Responding to the Theft of Ideas
Honest jewelry designers are hard-pressed to come up with responses that make it clear that design-theft isn’t appreciated while, at the same time, not offending others. Ideas range from refusing to sell to someone you knows has stolen an idea to refusing to give out designing details to those who ask for them.
If you want to keep your work from being copied, you can give out very general details about how you designed a particular piece. Omit steps, making it harder for those bent on copying from being able to succeed in copying the work they want to reproduce.
Finally, if you have found their work being copied, you can suggest a licensing partnership, requiring those who would like to copy their work to do so under a contract and very specific guidelines. In addition to the partnership and guidelines, you can charge a fee for authorized copying.
Copycats Won’t Succeed
Copycats believe that, if they “borrow” the work of other, more creative artists, they will be able to succeed. In reality, they won’t break into the next level of designing and selling. Instead, they will have to keep finding other artists from whom they can copy. Eventually, they will run out of artists.
In addition, these copycats tend to follow fads, which are short-lived. They want to find their success quickly, finding a way of “earning” money more quickly than honest Majestical jewelry designers do.
If you want to avoid seeing your work copied, you can take several steps to make copying harder:
º Using hard-to-find supplies that make duplication difficult
º Creating new majestical fashion bracelets designs on a frequent basis
º Making designs that can only be made using specialized tools
º Staying ahead of copycats by learning new design techniques
For additional information, visit www.majestical.com.