Watch for Takers.
I was afraid to put out posts. To write and share freely, because there are takers.
Those who will steal the work of others and present it as their own.
It has happened to me before. I’ve had my battles.
I’m not talking about sharing posts and acknowledging the author. That is respectful and appropriate
I’m talking about theft.
It is a legitimate fear. A reality. There are people who take, ideas, concepts and work from others.
It is just another obstacle that hinders people from being able to express themselves freely.
It’s a crime committed by the rich and the successful, as much as by the down and out.
I’ve known celebrated authors that will take from children.
‘Hey that’s a good idea,’ they say. ‘Do you mind if I use it?’
As though the child can make an informed decision.
When children have shared ideas with me, I talk to them about copyright. Advise them to keep their creations for their own expression.
I had an idea at Highschool. Years later it was my first book published, and it won an award.
The theft of ideas has made me reluctant to share my light. To instead withhold what is uniquely mine. To stifle and mute my voice.
I know that I am not the only one. Our gardens all become secrets. The colours, aromas, essence and magic get hidden away.
It’s not just fear of ridicule or exposure. It’s also knowing that what we share can be taken.
In the past when I was brave enough to share I was hesitant and reserved. I held back. Didn’t want to give too much and see it turn up later as someone else’s work.
I refuse to live in the shadows anymore. I write without restraint.
My work is not only witnessed and protected here with time and date. It is also stamped with copyright on my website. Legally copyright protects original works of authorship that are fixed in a tangible medium of expression.
I hope others feel empowered to express themselves.
To the takers. When you use someone else’s work you are diminishing and muting your own
This article was first published on Facebook and Linkedin August 31, 2021.
Copyright© Tim Tipene, 2021.