There's been a lot in the crafty world lately about copycats & people stealing ideas. I'm not talking about using someone else's images to promote yourself. But when two craftspeople or designers produce very similar work. How do we know who has copied who? Or indeed if anyone copied at all? Surely this could just be coincidence? We are all inspired by something, and in many cases it's by trends, whether in fashion, craft, or cake making.
I know I have created cakes that look like someone else's because we've been inspired by the same thing - Cath Kidston prints for examples.
I made a birthday card for my sister with quilled cocktails on & then noticed someone else has made a card with a quilled martini glass too. But how do I prove I haven't copied? How do I prove that I just had the same idea? Because I've started to notice that some of the copycat claims aren't for identical matches but very similar designs.
I understand there's a 7 differences rule, that there should be 7 distinct differences between two items to prove its not a copy. But when you're dealing with a cupcake, or a quilled card, there aren't often that many changes to work on.
So this is a genuine question:
How do I carry on crafting, designing websites and decorating cakes without the fear of being outed on twitter as a copycat simply for having the same good idea as someone else?