Remember that guy--the Office Nerd--from SNL? Well, I'm scared of making copies. Really.
I was reading a post by Barbe SaintJohn http://www.facebook.com/barbesaintjohn about people stealing other artists' designs. It makes me sick. Not just the robbery of intellectual property (and I've had my share of stuff ripped off) but the fact that it can happen so easily. There's no protection. That's pretty scary.
Want to know what I think is even more scary?
I'm worried that I'll inadvertently rip off someone else. I see dozens of great jewelry designs every day. How can I be sure that the piece I'm making isn't merely "inspired by" but actually copied from someone else?
I could easily paralyze myself by over-thinking this, second-guessing myself.
How do other artists handle this? How do you do it? Any advice?