When I speak, I try SO hard to give credit where credit is due. I cite my sources, I give referrals, I pay it forward. There is a lot of good content out there, and I realize those authors and speakers have worked diligently to make that content their own, and I feel that making sure they get credit for those efforts is important–even if I’ve never met them. Yes, sometimes it’s hard to remember where I picked up this nugget or that tidbit, but I’m quick to confess that I’m standing on the shoulders of giants. I didn’t get here on my own.
Since I try to hard to reference where other people’s work intersects with mine, I get really irritated when other people don’t mention where my work intersects with theirs. Original content is hard to come by. My brain works AROUND THE CLOCK to come up with good, original, content. When someone swipes something I’ve written or spoken and claims it as their own, it irritates the living daylights out of me. Bottom line: I believe in giving credit where credit is due.
Think of it this way: it’s the same thing as infringing on design copyrights. Pretty big deal, huh?
I’m not a big proponent of “taking” credit. Taking credit, in my mind, shatters credibility and wastes energy. Shouting, “Hey, that’s mine!” sounds like a little kid and takes a lot of effort. I remind myself that effort is placed in generating more unique content. Yes, new content that will probably get ripped off as well.
Creatives gotta create.
Question for the jury: as content creators, both visual and verbal, what are your opinions and expectations on the concept of giving credit where credit is due? Do you cite sources of inspiration or hide them? Do you feel like it adds credibility or detracts from credibility when others cite their sources?
Edited to add: I’ve already received several emails from people saying, Oh my gosh! I used your work here and I didn’t cite you! NO WORRIES. I think the point is, if someone ever credited that work directly to you, you’d probably say, “Oh, I didn’t say that originally. So & so did.” I realize there is some gray area here, and I didn’t mean to get the whole creative world walking on eggshells this morning–we all slip up on this sometimes. It’s the attitude of the heart that counts. But thanks for the great comments! It has already been a great discussion!