First off, I want to thank Mamie for a lovely little DIY project today. The plates are so cute that I might have to make some myself. And I just love the way my new wrap looks on them. I can’t wait for you to see them!
As a designer, this is something that could actually affect me and my business. I have never actually seen anyone that has copied my designs but that does not mean it hasn’t happened. I don’t actually spend any time looking for it and I don’t think there is any point to that.
I have gotten put off by other designers when I would like to talk to them about their designs or just want to look at them. They are so afraid that I will steal their designs that they won’t even talk to me. I know that I do not want to waste my time fearing being copied. I love being a part of this community and want to make friends, not enemies.
Here is my official stance on the whole issue: If you are a copier, you may make money in the short term but you will not have continued sucess. If you do not have original ideas of your own, your business will die. A business thrives and grows on continued innovation and change. That is why good designers are very successful and able to sell their product for a lot of money. There may be knock-offs out there but we all know what the real deal is and there is little evidence that Jonathan Adler (for one) is feeling the pain monetarily. In short, if the designer wasn’t making a lot of money with their designs, no one would bother to copy them.
I know that my designs would be easy to copy but I cannot spend time worrying about it, I would rather spend time working on new ideas. That way, the idea that gets copied will be eclipsed by my new work. They will always be behind me. And if the copy is cheaper, then the quality will suffer.
I have to admit, as I’m sure we all could, that I buy knock offs all the time. I appreciate that I can get something cheaper even though I know that the quality is inferior. That does not mean that I do not appreciate the designer.
I know that being copied probably feels like an invasion of privacy to the person on the receiving end. I am not agreeing with copying, I just feel that it is a fact of life that is probably not worth fighting. Bringing attention to it may help them and not you. I believe in karma and that eventually, bad things will happen to people that are doing bad things.
Feel free to disagree and give your opinion about this topic.