This was a great "ethical" question to pose and allow people to think and post about. Being new around these parts, but having papercrafted for years, I know that my "abilities" or "creativity" has grown through classes, seeing what others do, and being challenged. I know I have one card in my gallery that was directly inspired by someone here, and though I didn't remember the name, I did mention that I had been inspired by another stamper.
I guess to me, it's not like my stuff is copyrighted - I mean, I did not design the stamps, the ink pads, or the design paper... so how can I expect others not to create something similar? If I can inspire another, great. I see it as a compliment.
I think there is a definite difference between a direct copy (layout, colors, stamps) and CASE-ing a card in which you take the elements and make them your own.
I am basically an honest person, so if I were to enter a contest or sell a card that I had COPIED, I would try to give that person credit.
All of that being said, I can also understand the frustration of someone being copied after spending their own time designing something fantastic.
I guess it depends on what you want to spend your energy on.
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