Originally Posted by chief_wicked
I disagree. You can for all intents and purposes copy a design. If someone sets out purposefully to replicate a design and either by their materials choice or by their own lack of skill does not manage to pull off an exact replication, they still intend to claim credit for something they did not come up with. Nothing has changed that intent.
It's one thing to be inspired by someone or someone else's cake. It's another thing altogether to replicate the cake down to specific items, colours and materials. I found a picture of a cake on this site that even I had to do a double take on... It was a blatant copy of my eyeball soup cake down to the number of eyeballs, colour of the irises, placement of the severed toe, scattered worms and ganache drip. You can compare the photos side by side and you cannot say that they took inspiration. It is a blatant attempt at copying. Even worse, this person submitted the photos in for a contest. Not cool.
My personal opinion on this subject is that we find inspiration anywhere and can pull ideas and thoughts from our subconscious without knowing or realizing the source, but if you sit down with a photo of another cake in front of you and set out to recreate it and it turns out slightly different from the original, it doesn't change the fact that you didn't design it.
If you call yourself a designer or an artist, don't copy a cake. Be inspired by a cake, but make it your own, Otherwise how are you going to set yourself apart from all the other joe schmoe decorators out there.
And if someone does think its ok to copy a cake, tell me, where do you draw the line? Is it ok for you to take someone's photo and post it on your Facebook page and claim it as your own. Two completely separate issues, but with the same moral dilemma. Be the better artist/designer - design.
I don't consider myself either an artist or a designer. I don't have a creative bone in my body. I like to decorate cake, though. It's not 'art' to me - at least, not the way I do it.
I don't need to set myself apart from anyone. I'm perfectly happy being a Joe Schmoe decorator.
People often give me photos to copy. They found something they like. Who am I to tell them that they don't, in fact, want that cake, what they want is my 'interpretation' of it? It's not really up to me.
And, no, it's not OK to take a photo of someone's else's cake and claim you made it. As you say, two completely separate issues.