Other People's Design

Decorating By mystsparkle Updated 1 Mar 2012 , 7:26pm by TexasSugar

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mystsparkle Posted 1 Mar 2012 , 3:34am
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when someone has a cake idea, i usually find myself searching on here at photos to get some ideas...then find myself using maybe 2 or 3 diffferent cakes from here, to end up with a design. (so basically cake a,b,c...and i like 1 idea from a, 2 ideas from b and so on). So is that okay to do? Or if someone see's a cake they like, and want you to duplicate the design...Is that okay?

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cdgleason Posted 1 Mar 2012 , 3:44am
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I don't think it's uncommon to search the Internet for inspirational photos and ideas, getting ideas from many different sources.
I've had people send me emails asking me if I mind if they copy one of my cakes! When they do that I am always happy to see their rendition of my ideas, but when someone copies an idea and doesn't ask me, or give credit, then most decorators get a bit offended....
A simple email goes a long way in developing respect and even friendships with other decorators. I've found that Most people are willing to help you out if you just send them an email!

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kisamarie Posted 1 Mar 2012 , 3:46am
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I always tell people that I can not duplicate someone elses design, but that I can do my interpretation of it in my own style. People usually understand that we cant just steal designs from other people but we can use them as inspiration.

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thecakecow Posted 1 Mar 2012 , 3:46am
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It wouldn't hurt to send a message to the decorator and ask if they mind.
I've gotten emails from other decorators who like certain designs and ask if they can make a similar cake. Since I'm a "hobby baker" I usually don't mind and I ask to see pictures of the finished cake, just 'cuz I like to see other people's work. If the design is their trademark or a signature piece for them, then they might not be as receptive.
The only problem I have is when people take the pictures I've posted of my cakes and claim them as their own. icon_mad.gif

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TexasSugar Posted 1 Mar 2012 , 7:26pm
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Some people are awesome and can come up with completely orignal ideas with otu any problems.

The rest of us, need inspiration.

The way I feel is that if someone doesn't want a cake design copied they shouldn't share it with the world on a public message board (or any other public website).

It is considered good manners to credit people if you borrow their design. If I copy something out right I'll say so. If I borrow ideas from different cakes, then to me it starts taking on a new design.

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