Friday, February 7, 2014

  • When does imitation and borrowing cross the line?





    2/7/2014: I’ve had this post saved as a draft for a few days now. I have been debating whether to publish it or not.

    I tested the waters by posting an anonymous opinion on another blog that will remain unmentioned unless the owner wants to say something, and I guess I’m not the only one who has the same appreciation.

    I also made a comment on a stackexchange question today. http://rpg.stackexchange.com/a/24558/5723

    Here is the original post:

    There’s a saying that goes like “Ideas are in the air”, and another one that goes like “Imitation is the sincerest form of flattery”. In this hobby, it is obvious that many ideas are borrowed and re-used because they are just so cool. However, is there a certain line that should not be crossed? Like, say, failing to give credit to those whose ideas you explicitly borrowed, and sometimes even slamming the creative work that you, in essence, copied? Or, going beyond mere inspiration or borrowing to what amounts to appropriating their work, again without due credit, and passing it off as something different and original.

    Cases in question:

    I don’t know why one would feel the need to slag a product whose main idea one is copying.  

    How about this:


    Inspiration or imitation? No credit given either to a very original idea (and having given proper credit to other ideas does not make this failures right). 

    He basically shows no love for the original work that he, in MY view, ripped off:

    http://www.rpgsolo.com/forum/Thread-Mark-s-Adventure-Glyphs?pid=118#pid118

    Monday, January 20, 2014