A couple of months ago, I wrote about my expecto patronum tattoo and the story behind it. But I was careful with the pictures of the tattoo (as in keeping it slightly blurry and not showing exactly where on my body it is) because to be honest, I was afraid somebody might copy it.
I’ve been thinking about that fear a lot. I’ve stumbled across some examples online where people had copied all kinds of stuff from bloggers, designers and artists alike. The thing is: people. will. copy. everything. always.
The question is: Is trying to protect your work, your ideas at all cost worth the effort? Because it is a huge effort. And in the end, if someone really wants to copy, they will always find a way.
So for one thing, isn’t it a huge waste of energy to spend so much of your time and energy trying to avoid the unavoidable? Sure, I could decide to not publish/post anything online. But the internet is my generation’s second home, so I don’t really want to take that step. I want to focus on the opportunities, not on the dangers.
And what is more, isn’t trying so very hard to keep your ideas/your work safe all the time not a behavior that’s almost entirely driven by fear? To me, it feels constricting. I want to believe in a world that is about inspiring others, about sharing beautiful things, about sharing art, about making art together. I know that there are „bad guys“ out there, but my heart feels so much lighter when I imagine positive outcomes.
I’m not saying that I don’t respect copyrights (quite the opposite actually!) or that I don’t care if people take my intellectual property and sell it as their own. I’m just saying that at a certain point, after you’ve posted all your disclaimers or embedded your watermarks, you have to let go (and hope that karma will do the dirty work and all that stuff).
It comes down to one of two beliefs.
It’s either „the more (ideas) you share with the world, the more (ideas) you’ll have“ (there’s a quote that goes something like this but I couldn’t find it just now) or „there’s not enough for me“.
Now tell me:
Is there something you created that you’re afraid to share because someone might copy your idea?