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Paril
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There seems to be a lot of reports lately from people upset that users have stolen your or another users' idea. It seems that the community has somewhat of an issue determining exactly what the definition of "stolen" is.

By posting a project, skin, etc here on PMC, you are not granted the sole property of that idea here on this site. As an open community, we encourage competition; people can make their own versions of your idea. If you make an Ironman skin, it is very likely that somebody else will also make one, and that they will share similarities. Keep in mind though that Ironman isn't an original idea to begin with, so technically you have "stolen" somebody's idea already.

While that's a rather specific and easy example, there are some topics that may not be as easy to discern between stealing and inspiration; one that comes to mind are builds. Obviously, a block-for-block copy of another persons' build is a blatant steal, no question about that, but what happens when a user posts a project with the same original idea as yours?

I'll give an example that is oft-posted today, and is actually against our rules due to the amount of exact duplicates out there; sky-block. Skyblock's concept is simple: start out on a floating block of grass with a tree and a chest with a few items in it. Survive and make an awesome castle. The original idea was very basic, and if I recall correctly, the challenge was to do it as quick as possible (I may be wrong on this though, if somebody can clarify that would be great). It became very popular as a concept, and has expanded greatly following its' release. Many users created versions with many floating blocks of different materials - full floating biomes, floating world sections, etc. These aren't direct copies, but are rather inspired by the original concept of surviving on a floating block of Minecraft Earth.

This long-winded post is basically just to say please don't report posts if all they've done is based it off of your idea unless there is sufficient proof that they've actually stolen something. I do recommend that users who wish to base off of another persons' idea give them credit, however, especially if the idea is rather specific. Contacting them to let them know/ask them if it is alright is also a good idea; do not be surprised if they decline your request though. People are very protective of their original ideas, but they must understand that competition is how the world goes 'round. Consider this; if the first adventure map creator was the only person who was allowed to create adventure maps, how creative could the community be? Would we be severely limited?

Thanks for listening, and I hope I cleared up any issues between stealing and ideas.
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365 diamonds... 1 for each day of the year
This is a very good message. Thank you for clarifying
  • CraftyFoxe
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  • September 3, 2016, 9:40 am
360th diamond
  • mitties
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  • August 3, 2016, 10:36 am
omgeh!!! my cat stol me ideA I wanTed to makE cat skin! but She is cat!!! bAN h3r!!!
I go with xejorP, / \
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  • Lipse
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  • March 2, 2016, 3:51 pm
Would this apply to skin shading as well do you think?
  • Craft
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  • March 10, 2016, 1:11 am
theres like 7 shading styles in mc skinning, so its hard to make it unique
  • Fluffyyyy
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  • September 11, 2016, 9:18 pm
Not really, I mean, there's like 100 different types, more maybe.
  • Craft
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  • September 28, 2016, 4:40 am
Show me an article of skin shading for Minecraft skins that cited with real types of shading NOT digital art shading, but with actual pixel shading techniques.

-You wont reply with a documented page with such a thing.

Any good skinner knows there's limits to shading styles and its pixel art that's why every form of creativity has limits.

Skinning just has a lot more limits.
  • Fluffyyyy
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  • September 28, 2016, 4:07 pm
Well I mean you could get ANYONES shading and change a pixel, it's technically different, but of course you still have to give credit if you use it. like my shading, if you change a pixel, it is technically different, but there are different pixels you can change, you see what I mean?
I didn't mean there are over 100 different types of full shading, but if you edit there can be, even though editing isn't good if you are making skins in my opinion, you can experiment with shading and possibly make your own style.
  • Craft
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  • September 29, 2016, 7:08 am
i was talking strictly to shading techniques you got confused c:
  • xejorP
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  • November 26, 2015, 6:06 pm
its OBVIOUS the illuminati are behind this
  • ModDog
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  • July 22, 2016, 6:04 pm
I am the Illuminati..
Rapscallians... i havent Heard that word in a while....
  • Derpymun
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  • April 25, 2015, 1:07 pm
301 diamonds
Looks like the diamond count got stuck in 301! Like yt
It's a good thing that mojang didn't actually ban people from publishing stuff made with or else, goodbye PMC!
  • Ink
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  • September 24, 2014, 2:02 pm
Rapscallians.
  • Yodobashi
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  • March 25, 2015, 12:33 pm
Rapscallians?
WHat a rare, unused word!
  • Ink
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  • March 25, 2015, 1:01 pm
:0
  • sssilver
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  • August 24, 2014, 8:32 am
Those tags though XD
  • Yodobashi
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  • March 25, 2015, 11:41 am
Rapscallians?
WHat a rare, unused word!
  • sssilver
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  • March 25, 2015, 12:31 pm
I do believe you replied  to the incorrect comment, my dear sir.
People can be deer now? WHERE HAVE I BEEN?!
  • Yodobashi
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  • March 25, 2015, 12:32 pm
Oh..
  • OmgItsSuki
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  • June 26, 2014, 10:29 am
Thank you!
  • M-I-N-E-R
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  • May 3, 2014, 6:55 pm
Actully, They Didn't Steak The Idea!
You Can't Copywrite An Idea!
Hey guys, I made a comic book about a rich man whos parent where murdered by a criminal when he was a boy, so he grew up to be a crime fighter because of that tragic incedent. He dresses up as a bat to strike fear in those he fights. He uses his great sum of money for cool gadgets and stuff to help him. His arch nemisis is a phycotic clown called the Joker.

100% legal because you cant copywrite a idea!
Yes but you can copyright a phystoic clown named Joker, at least the name part.
They didn't steak the idea LOL
  • Paril
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  • May 3, 2014, 7:25 pm
That sums up the contents of the blog, yes.
  • thisisme106
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  • March 27, 2014, 12:17 pm
Ha! Nice tags, "They, Stole, Idea, Those, Rapscallians, Article" :P
  • brynnecaela
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  • May 24, 2014, 10:36 am
hahahah
I hate people who steal ideas. Life would be PERFECT without them!
  • Qwertpop1
  • Level 14
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  • February 14, 2015, 5:42 am
That was my idea you stealer!  q-:
  • WiseWoodrow
  • Level 12
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  • April 3, 2014, 11:39 am
Quality of life would probably be lesser, and there would likely only be one computer brand, as anyone else who made a computer and/or computer parts would be "idea stealing"
  • RoboShadow
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  • October 1, 2014, 2:07 pm
And think of how expensive everything would be, competition is what keeps cost on things down.
Oh yes, totally commenting on a comment 6 months old. #Swag
  • WiseWoodrow
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  • October 4, 2014, 5:56 pm
Has 6 months gone by already?  Wow
Great observation.
  • GreenTheHero
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  • February 6, 2014, 6:02 pm
Preach!
  • The Doctor 2
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  • January 17, 2014, 2:15 am
I love you Paril you are god
  • cakeface
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  • January 11, 2014, 5:33 am
I love writing too.

Blogs are my thing. And maybe art.
You are a wonderful writer :) I couldn't help but notice :P
  • Paril
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  • January 4, 2014, 9:20 am
Words can be fun.
  • I_heart_Notch
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  • February 16, 2014, 4:06 pm
I'm going to quote you forever.
  • IckleBoffin
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  • December 23, 2013, 11:51 am
I agree! If something is already been developed for example: Iron man which was mentioned in the blog, then it doesn't actually belong to you! I think though that if you get an idea that is already "something" then you should try and develop it more and make it unique and your own! But overall nothing is really stolen and just what some people claim.
you're right!
and btw stop arguing with this guy called deathrulez he is just a kid leave him alone
  • prodigyclaw
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  • November 4, 2013, 4:59 pm
up
i didnt have my ideas stolen i had whats ever worst my server files got stolen so all my work got stolen by a pathetic kid who doesnt know how to make server
  • prodigyclaw
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  • November 4, 2013, 5:00 pm
shut
9minecraft basically "STOLE" OUR IDEA
  • prodigyclaw
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  • November 4, 2013, 4:59 pm
dude

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