Have you ever been scraplifted? If so how did
you feel about it? I think most of us feel flattered that our
work has been noticed, our work is good enough for someone to
actually copy ? It is a complicated subject too, with definitions
about percentages and such…….. seems 70% is a scraplift,
under that its an inspired by……. Seems a fine line
to me, but I’d certainly credit anyway!
I have looked around at various comments on the
subject and it would seem that there are a few considerations
before you go off CASEing (Copy And Stealing Everything) you see!
In my opinion and from forum comments I have read…….
Scraplifting is officially OK! It is one of the
finest ways to get over Scrappers Block, Scrappers Blues, to learn……..
so you do not need Scraplifter’s Anonymous!
If you do scraplift, you MUST credit the original
artist in your comments, possibly even linking back to the original
– do not try to pass it off as your own, unaided work ?
- this of course also means that you need to keep some kind of
track of who the original poster was.
It may been nice even to add to that, and if you
can, email the artist with your link, usually fairly easy with
digital LO’s, more difficult if from a magazine.
Some will ask the artist’s permission first
Submitting seems a sticky point, I personally
would not, ever, submit a blatant CASE (I have a couple ? ) maybe
an “inspired by” but would defiantly, as a courtesy,
email the original artist first, imagine if she was submitting
for the same call?
Don’t forget too there are regular Scraplifting
challenges, certainly here at DSP we have them often and they
are great fun!
Be off with you now and have fun, scraplift away,
but remember the ethics!
© Meryl Bartho October, 2005