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Have someone ever made a profit from your idea?

madza profile image Madza ・1 min read

Have you ever experienced someone taking your project idea, a part of your code that was not licensed for profit, your original blog article or other intellectual property, and made a profit out of it?

Would love to hear your stories!

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Amelia Vieira Rosado

Here's my horror story! 😅

Have you ever experienced someone taking your project idea, a part of your code that was not licensed for profit, your original blog article or other intellectual property, and made a profit out of it?

Well, I think the best answer here is "kinda" as opposed to a straight "yes" or "no". Here's what happened.

For some time, I had been working with some folks on what we envisioned to be a local community that would drive innovation on the island (referring to Curacao, where I'm currently based). What brought upon this idea, was an event that we had organized together in the past.

Our opinions did differ here and there, though that was not a problem for me. However, after a while, things came to a stand still. At the time I was going through a rough patch in my life, so I was less involved with the ideation of this project. I figured that was alright since the project was pretty much stuck and on stand by.

Then, one day while I browsed my LinkedIn feed, I saw a post from one certain folk proclaiming how he and one of my peers had just launched this "amazing community". I was furious, not gonna lie. It is not cool to blindside people like that, even less to not give credit to those who were involved in the early days of the "movement".

Basically this fella I was previously "working" with, blindsided me and the others and just took off with the idea all by himself. Needless to say, I burned that bridge. I simply can't bring myself to trust a person like that ever again.

Long story short, yes I experienced something similar to what you described in your question. No, they are not profiting of the thing as far as I'm concerned.

Moral of the story: Trust no one (JK).
Actual moral of the story: Be careful who you associate yourself with. And don't stick around people who don't give you the credit you deserve.

Over and out.

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Madza Author

Be careful who you associate yourself with. And don't stick around people who don't give you the credit you deserve.

Agree on all 💯👍
Thanks for sharing this experience, a lesson learned for all of us 😉

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Bobby Iliev

I've seen a few people copy/pasting some of my content though not 100% sure how much they've made for that but it might have definitely broth them some traffic.

What I find funny is when other people promote the plagiarised content without knowing that it was plagiarised.

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Madza Author

I have experienced my own blog post being stolen too 😉
Thankfully most of the blogging platforms come with a report feature, where the case is being resolved fast and plagiarised content removed 😉

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DarkWiiPlayer • Edited

Considering how everything I do is either MIT or public domain, no, this has never happened to me.


But for your amusement, here's a story:

For context, Arma 3 is a sandbox game with a very open community, but the Arma 3 Roleplaying community is kind of its own thing with a much more "my code don't steal" sort of mentality.

So I build a custom Altis Life mission with lots of custom scripts to replace stuff I don't like in the original, and most of them I put in a separate public domain repository because why would I not want others to use my code to improve the community as a whole.

A few days later, some server opens with what turned out to just be a somewhat similar feature to what I had scripted for my custom mission, and people that notice it start sending me messages that "dude they stole your script". My reaction was, of course, "so what?" but nope, it didn't go into their heads that (back then still assuming this was the exact same script I had written) those weren't "my" scripts, and that I've basically just given it away for free because why wouldn't I.

The funny part is, over the years I've noticed that many of these communities centered around a certain game or gamemode with a strong "my code don't steal" culture tend to also be filled with low-quality code. It seems a bit of a dunning-kruger effect, where the worst of coders somehow see the most value in their code, whereas more experienced developers just throw out scripts and don't even care to protect their IP.

Conclusion: Unlicense your code, y'all!


PS: Abolish IP

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