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They Stole My Idea!

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avatar Paril
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Level 84 : Elite Scapegoat
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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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01/12/2017 12:34 pm
Level 16 : Journeyman Taco
MicrowavedPlum
365 diamonds... 1 for each day of the year
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01/06/2017 9:21 pm
Level 28 : Expert Narwhal
Thunderscott
This is a very good message. Thank you for clarifying
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09/03/2016 1:40 pm
Level 76 : Legendary Fox
CraftyFoxe
360th diamond
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08/03/2016 2:36 pm
Level 35 : Artisan Botanist
mitties
omgeh!!! my cat stol me ideA I wanTed to makE cat skin! but She is cat!!! bAN h3r!!!
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05/12/2016 6:49 pm
Level 9 : Apprentice Explorer
Vancedfreakshow
I go with xejorP, / \
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03/02/2016 8:51 pm
Level 47 : Master Fox
Lipse
Would this apply to skin shading as well do you think?
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03/10/2016 6:11 am
Level 40 : Master Architect
Craft
theres like 7 shading styles in mc skinning, so its hard to make it unique
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09/12/2016 1:18 am
Level 36 : Artisan Pokemon
fluffyyyy
Not really, I mean, there's like 100 different types, more maybe.
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09/28/2016 8:40 am
Level 40 : Master Architect
Craft
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.
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09/28/2016 8:07 pm
Level 36 : Artisan Pokemon
fluffyyyy
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.
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09/29/2016 11:08 am
Level 40 : Master Architect
Craft
i was talking strictly to shading techniques you got confused c:
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11/26/2015 11:06 pm
Level 21 : Expert Geek
DeadAccoun
its OBVIOUS the illuminati are behind this
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07/22/2016 10:04 pm
Level 34 : Artisan Modder
ModDog
I am the Illuminati..
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06/18/2015 6:57 pm
Level 6 : Apprentice Crafter
PIxelBombSteve
Rapscallians... i havent Heard that word in a while....
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04/25/2015 5:07 pm
Level 8 : Apprentice Skinner
Derpymun
301 diamonds
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04/26/2015 8:16 pm
Level 6 : Apprentice Explorer
Slimey213
Looks like the diamond count got stuck in 301! Like yt
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10/02/2014 10:47 am
Level 3 : Apprentice Explorer
EnergeticGame2Mapper
It's a good thing that mojang didn't actually ban people from publishing stuff made with or else, goodbye PMC!
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09/24/2014 6:02 pm
Level 57 : Grandmaster Lemon
Ink
Rapscallians.
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03/25/2015 4:33 pm
Level 8 : Apprentice Taco
Yodobashi
Rapscallians?
WHat a rare, unused word!
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03/25/2015 5:01 pm
Level 57 : Grandmaster Lemon
Ink
:0
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08/24/2014 12:32 pm
Level 14 : Journeyman Prince
sssilver
Those tags though XD
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03/25/2015 3:41 pm
Level 8 : Apprentice Taco
Yodobashi
Rapscallians?
WHat a rare, unused word!
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03/25/2015 4:31 pm
Level 14 : Journeyman Prince
sssilver
I do believe you replied  to the incorrect comment, my dear sir.
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04/25/2015 5:30 am
Level 3 : Apprentice Crafter
devTravisPerson
People can be deer now? WHERE HAVE I BEEN?!
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03/25/2015 4:32 pm
Level 8 : Apprentice Taco
Yodobashi
Oh..
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06/26/2014 2:29 pm
Level 14 : Journeyman Dragon
OmgItsSuki
Thank you!
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05/03/2014 10:55 pm
Level 1 : New Miner
M-I-N-E-R
Actully, They Didn't Steak The Idea!
You Can't Copywrite An Idea!
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12/02/2014 10:11 pm
Level 1 : New Miner
ColorlessDirt
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!
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04/25/2015 5:31 am
Level 3 : Apprentice Crafter
devTravisPerson
Yes but you can copyright a phystoic clown named Joker, at least the name part.
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07/13/2014 10:05 pm
Level 30 : Artisan Robot
TheEnderCat5
They didn't steak the idea LOL
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05/03/2014 11:25 pm
Level 84 : Elite Scapegoat
Paril
That sums up the contents of the blog, yes.
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03/27/2014 4:17 pm
Level 24 : Expert Dragonborn
thisisme106
Ha! Nice tags, "They, Stole, Idea, Those, Rapscallians, Article" :P
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05/24/2014 2:36 pm
Level 3 : Apprentice Taco
brynnecaela
hahahah
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02/10/2014 3:26 pm
Level 25 : Expert Miner
TrustworthyInspector
I hate people who steal ideas. Life would be PERFECT without them!
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02/14/2015 10:42 am
Level 8 : Apprentice Miner
anonpmc1638765
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04/03/2014 3:39 pm
Level 13 : Journeyman Blacksmith
WiseWoodrow
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"
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10/01/2014 6:07 pm
Level 31 : Artisan Engineer
RoboShadow
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
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10/04/2014 9:56 pm
Level 13 : Journeyman Blacksmith
WiseWoodrow
Has 6 months gone by already?  Wow
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04/08/2014 5:23 am
Level 25 : Expert Miner
TrustworthyInspector
Great observation.
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02/06/2014 11:02 pm
Level 27 : Expert Explorer
GreenTheHero
Preach!
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01/17/2014 7:15 am
Level 14 : Journeyman Crafter
The Doctor 2
I love you Paril you are god
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01/11/2014 10:33 am
Level 35 : Artisan Cake
cakeface
I love writing too.

Blogs are my thing. And maybe art.
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01/04/2014 1:43 pm
Level 40 : Master Scribe
nightmayer19
You are a wonderful writer :) I couldn't help but notice :P
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01/04/2014 2:20 pm
Level 84 : Elite Scapegoat
Paril
Words can be fun.
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02/16/2014 9:06 pm
Level 20 : Expert Blacksmith
I_heart_Notch
I'm going to quote you forever.
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12/23/2013 4:51 pm
Level 3 : Apprentice Mage
IckleBoffin
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.
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09/25/2013 8:29 am
Level 23 : Expert Ninja
FlyingPigmens
you're right!
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08/12/2013 1:19 pm
Level 1 : New Miner
Minecraftingcreeper
and btw stop arguing with this guy called deathrulez he is just a kid leave him alone
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11/04/2013 9:59 pm
Level 25 : Expert Skinner
prodigyclaw
up
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08/12/2013 1:12 pm
Level 1 : New Miner
Minecraftingcreeper
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
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