This issue has been on my mind lately, and I thought I would bring it up in my little corner because it's probably something we all should think about.
I get a lot of my photos or ideas on the Internet and it's just good manners to give credit to the original author. If it's someone else's picture I use in a post, you will see a link at the bottom of the picture noting the source. If I got an idea from someone whether in person or online, I try to let that person be referenced. However, there is so much transferred throughout the web that it can also be very hard to note the actual source (thank you pinterest for doing it so easily). Still, I try...even if it's just the last source and still needs traced back some. And if it is an idea that I got by reading someones blog, I note that's where I got the inspiration and proceed along my way. It's just nice manners to give credit where credit is due, you know?
But in another situation I also remember my friend saying something to me years ago regarding putting my name on a recipe. I had been using a recipe I got online but added my own spin on it, but still I did not feel like I could say it was my recipe. She told me otherwise, saying that I had changed it (even if it was simply changing the temp and time) and so therefore I could own it. It made sense then so I agreed and have since called the recipe my own when I pass it around to friends.
So what about a party idea or a theme? I get so much inspiration online that I don't usually note where the source was when I execute it if I post it online. For instance, the long table idea for my sister's wedding...I saw that idea on lots of websites. Since it was my own execution of that idea I can own it and there really is no credit to give...and how would I give it anyway? But what about a party theme? I have been overwhelmed with the attention some of my parties have received. It is flattering to see those ideas re-produced by various people as well. But I have also come across some sites where something has been introduced as their own and I'm not sure how to take it. Without reading too much into it, the result should be flattery, and yet it seems strange and I want to say "hey! That was my idea! Shouldn't you say something?"
But isn't it just natural to want to claim something as your own? I have had plenty of moments when I have been asked "did you come up with that idea?" and my gut reaction is to say "yes!" because well, it just makes me feel creative...but then my moral code has to say "no."
So, what is right and what is wrong and are there exceptions or alternative situations where giving credit does not apply? Like in the creative world when it's not someones actual photo or words? And does it even matter?
It's certainly something that makes me think today...
**head on over to this great site for some food for thought...