It's true, we're an industrious people--always on the lookout for the perfect gift or home decor item. The cost of those gifts can add up, so we improvise. Sometimes we "share" ideas, someone lends us a pattern they loved or we quickly sketch out an approximation to make up later. Mostly, I think that's harmless, but part of me feels guilty for it. Which is, I guess, a confession of sorts.
What about the person who sees something, thinks to herself I can make that, makes it and then realizing just how great an idea it is, decides to cash in on it, too?
Problem is, that's outright theft. When did we get so cheap that we think it's alright not to compensate the artist for his or her work? It's almost as if we feel entitled, because after all, I can make that.
I do like the idea of a person taking an idea and making it even better (I mean society thrives on that), but the taking of an idea and presenting it as your own leaves me with a sick feeling.
What I want to know is - what are your thoughts on this. Is it ever okay to "borrow" ideas?