Stealing rip off: - not cool / illegal and totally worth the gripes and pursuit of legal assistance.
What the usual "rip-off" consists of: Someone designing in a similar style. Style policing makes you look insecure as a designer, like you can't do anything but your one little trick.
"Don't worry about people stealing your design work, worry about the day they stop" - Zeldman
But much of the time these brawls have little substance. If no one has ever told you this, learn it now: YOU CAN’T OWN STYLE. Your job is not to develop a signature style. Your job is to match appropriate solutions to problems.
That's a great read. I've come to the conclusion that it's incredibly arrogant to attempt to lay claim to a design style without acknowledging one's own source of inspiration. We don't live in a sensory vacuum. It's pretty much impossible to design something without having been influenced in some way by surroundings or experiences.
Please kickstart my new TV show where it's COPS but instead it's Hische driving around policing her style from no-good moneygrubber hacks who probably don't even have a degree!
Yeah, I agree about the style policing seeming insecure. It also ignores just how much of the entire web has been built by people stealing, I mean borrowing code and design patterns.
Seems like if one's work is being sought out for inspiration or education, that is something to be happy about, IMHO.
The book, Steal Like an Artist is a pretty fun and helpful read on how to use inspiration without being a rip-off-er. Michael Locke is also great at demonstrating how to take design inspiration from many different places and make it your own.
If somebody is a rip-offer, sure they may be an actual thief, but it's also very possible that they are just learning from you.
I'm confused by this. Can you copyright a "style"? What is the definition of "style" in this context? The work doesn't seem to be plagiarized or stolen. The writer says it's "imitated".