Wednesday, January 25, 2012

Are You Big Enough To Be A Target?

When someone plagiarizes us, we shouldn’t send a subpoena.

We should a thank you note.

Creative piracy is a compliment. It’s a reminder that we're worthy copying. And it’s validation that we're big enough to be a target.

It’s also part of the job description. Everybody steals from everybody everywhere. They always have, and they always will. That doesn't make it okay. But there’s not much we can do to stop it, and there’s even less we can do to prevent it.

Instead, let’s make peace with this reality. Let’s abandon our scarcity mentality. And let’s err on the side of generosity and sharing.

We shouldn’t worry about getting back at people.

We should worry about getting back to work.
Is your work stealable?

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