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Forum topic by Don posted 09-24-2012 06:29 PM 1648 views 1 time favorited 11 replies Add to Favorites Watch
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09-24-2012 06:29 PM

Hi fellow LJ’s….

I recently saw an item online and thought “I could make that” so I did.

Does this happen to you?

Is it wrong to blatantly copy something?

I have no desire to mass produce the item but won’t hesitate to make another one should someone see it and like it.

Just curious….Don

-- -- Don in Ottawa,

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#1 posted 09-24-2012 06:35 PM

What did you make?

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#2 posted 09-24-2012 06:43 PM

This :)

A chess board that hangs on the wall. Mainly doing it to generate a little business at work.

-- -- Don in Ottawa,

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#3 posted 09-24-2012 06:54 PM

Whoever put it on their website probably copied it from somewhere else. I saw a wall hanging chessboard in someone’s house back in the early 1970’s…so it is not anyhing new but it is defenitely different. The one I saw had a drawer in the bottom to hold the chess pieces and was more of a square shaped design.

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#4 posted 09-24-2012 07:20 PM

I’ve seen the vertical chess boards all over the place. As far as I’m concerned, it’s only an outright forgery if you stamp someone else’s name on it when you’re done. Look at how popular the classic Staunton style chess pieces are, for example. They’re the most recognized template in the world, and making your own in that style is hardly frowned upon.

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#5 posted 09-24-2012 07:24 PM

There are not many original ideas out there… so most work is a copy or a collaboration of other ideas…
Nice job btw

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#6 posted 09-25-2012 02:13 AM

Well after looking at your picture I just may make one….... ( copy cat huh?)

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#7 posted 09-25-2012 05:03 AM

Well how does that famous lumberjock joke go??? Oh yeah, now I remember!

You’d better be darned ashamed of yourself for doing such a criminal thing. I tell you what, you need to go repent, then package that chess set up and send it 2nd day USPS to my home so I can make sure it is properly tended to in order to prevent any further guilt on your part.

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#8 posted 09-25-2012 09:18 AM

Do you have copy rights? I want to make one.

-- Thor and Odin are still the greatest of Gods.

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#9 posted 09-25-2012 09:20 AM

Don: Where did you get the pieces (Men, rooks pawns etc.)?

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#10 posted 09-25-2012 10:10 AM

Well, I guess that answers that :)

Thanks everyone.

I’ll put this to rest by adding it to my projects and posting it properly.

This project is going to be hung up in one of the hallways at work, hopefully to drum up a little business. I was emailed by someone yesterday who said he thought I only did cutting boards…my bad. Cutting boards are the easiest thing to push at Christmas time but now with me advertising my website and being able to put it on a small poster hanging on one of our bulletin boards, it’s starting to draw a few more curious people in. He is interested in the chess/backgammon or chessboard with storage I have made but I think he’s staggering from a bit of sticker shock and will ‘get back to me’ after talking to his sis (gift for his Dad).

As this is going to be hanging in a very public (work public) area, I didn’t want to take the chance of having something happen to a very expensive chess set. This one is a $12.99 special from Toys R Us.

-- -- Don in Ottawa,

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#11 posted 09-25-2012 11:17 AM

I call it “imitating”. It’s human nature….the more access we have to each other’s inventions/discoveries, the more we imitate. At some point, just about everything is inspired from some other idea. Nothing wrong with that until you venture into copyright infringement on a large enough scale to get noticed.

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