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scottb

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#1 posted 2589 days ago

Good point, and that’s where it could get a little murky. B

ut I suppose for any one person wondering if they should sell a particular project, there are a score making and trying to sell them anyway, without regard to such issues. Karma will come back to bite them, or at least give little meaning to the life of the counterfeiter.

For me, I’ll do the best I can, with what I’ve got with a clear conscience. But, I am an artist. I’ll get inspired by something, and will create a new interpretation of it, or find a new way to apply it. I don’t find as much satisfaction in reproducing something, as creating something. There are so many great ideas out there, and so many more to discover and/or remember.

Will I make projects from a magazine? Sure. Will I sell them? Maybe. Will I set up a shop to mindlessly churn out such things, without finding a way to make them my own? Of course not.

We’re finding new ways to liberate information, the web is doing what moveable type did in the 15th century…. Sure we could argue that the internet is killing spelling and good grammar, but we’re sharing ideas and evolving faster than ever. In some countries there isn’t an understanding of copyright, information is freely shared, if not hoarded.

There is a copy-left movement (free and fair use, but please credit the source), not to mention open-source – take it, improve it, share it.

If we all help each other, we all win. And I think we, as lumberjocks, really understand that!

-- I am always doing what I cannot do yet, in order to learn how to do it. - Van Gogh -- http://blanchardcreative.etsy.com -- http://snbcreative.wordpress.com/


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