Digital, Intellectual & Creative Etiquette: Not Simple
Sharing, volunteering, swapping and giving - as if to say, "there IS enough" - is popping up all over. We see this with the Without Borders groups and in anonymous gifting in the public space (to name a couple). There are models too, the creative commons & open source.
For those invested in intellectual property things are still weird. It is so easy to take another's inspirations and sell them on the market. TV show producers, book authors, anyone in the creative 'industry' can peruse blogs and essentially steal another's life experience by replicate it for financial gain.
As a blogger I credit where an inspiration came from when I write about it. I do this casually, "our friends at ____ " got us started on ____. Or "after seeing this on ____'s blog." I like logging the evolution of an idea and threading a community of like minded people together by leaving a cookie crumb trail.
When people are making money from intellectual property and under pressure to come up with ideas, phrases, titles, content and inspirations nothing but personal morality prevents one blog from predatory content lifting from another. And so I ask, "where is digital etiquette?"
It feels awful to have your inspirations and creativity lifted and sold on the market with no credit given. When both parties are making a living off of intellectual property it is worse than theft because it leaves the one who's inspiration it was unable to use their own words and ideas.
I want a world in which ideas will not be owned and so I find myself conflicted. Right now I'm stuck with a flimsy cliche, "one bad apple. . . ."
HS blog readers what are your thoughts on the subject? What might intellectual property/digital etiquette look like? What exists already?
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