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Another entry in the whine fest known as this journal....

Apr. 3rd, 2007 | 02:56 am
mood: gloomygloomy

You know you ever work on something for a while, so long that someone else releases something similar, and then you want to throw away that thing you've been working on?

Then you look at the product and look at your idea then think, well, there are similarities, but hopefully not enough to warrant a copryright/trademark suit over.

But then while you're still working on your product, that product becomes creepily more and more like the idea that you'd been working on and never told anyone about, to the point where you just want to delete all the files on your computer associate with the idea?

That's how I feel. If it weren't for Wikipedia, I'd have remained ignorant. Maybe that's a good thing because at least I won't merely think the manuscript got rejected for the same reason as 99% of prospective ones do -- because it's poorly wriiten, derivative junk. At least I know that it's be rejected because it sounded like something I blatantly stole from a comic book company, even though I haven't picked up a comic book in years.

The sad thing is Sunday I felt good. Actually, today I felt good, good enough to work on the project.

Then I read what I read, and all that good feeling just left. Good to know that I wasted the last few years of my life on nothing.

As Ron Simmons would say....damn.

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evil_kieben

from: evil_kieben
date: Apr. 3rd, 2007 05:10 pm (UTC)
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Not to worry. Life as we know it is going to end on December 21, 2012. Hang in there!

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Nangbaby

If it did for everyone, I'd be happy...

from: nangbaby
date: Apr. 4th, 2007 04:37 am (UTC)
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That's not going to happen. People have been saying it's the end of the world for years and yet it never comes about. If the world does end, it won't be on a timetable that we can predict.

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Just Try Again...

from: No Name Person
date: Apr. 4th, 2007 05:36 am (UTC)
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It happens to pretty much everyone, you are not the first and won't be the last person who comes across something that seems like it's a carbon-copy of an idea you had. You just have to think of something so out there or obscure that it's almost impossible for someone else to come up with the same thing.

Problem with that is something that original will probably go over everyone's head and be written off as manic ramblings. Hmmm, that's not good advice at all.

Guess Ron was right, damn..........

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Nangbaby

Re: Just Try Again...

from: nangbaby
date: Apr. 6th, 2007 07:30 am (UTC)
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I'm not trying to be original, nor do I have any pretenses of being innovative. What is upsetting isn't that fact that I tried to create something's that's been done before endless timrd or done before similarly to the way I thought it should play out. What's upsetting is that the published expression of the idea is so similar to what I've already written (but not finished) that releasing it to the world would result in an instant trademark suit (since the context that the terms are used is very similar that it would count as infringement) in addition to a copyright infringement.

I don't have it in me to try again. Of all the ideas that I have that was the one I was actually focusing on in my spare time, the only thing in my brain that had a shot at actually escaping the realm of my thoughts before my death. It was bad, don't get me wrong, but I thought that if I could get this done, at least I accomplished something. Now I've wasted all that time, and my life grows shorter by the second.

I give up.

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Re: Just Try Again...

from: No Name Person
date: Apr. 6th, 2007 05:59 pm (UTC)
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You may give up if you feel you need to but, after awhile you will shelf this project and move on to something else because you will have something else come into your head and you probably won't be able to keep it there.

As for the copyright thing it all depends on if your work even gets the attention of whoever did the similar idea and how much of a tool they are about certain things. Since you said the whole project was a re-working of something else that clearly inspired you and this other party then the whole, "It was my idea", concept goes out the window.

I mean I just watched a terrible movie called Slither last week which is a dead rip-off of an old bad-good movie called Night of the Creeps. Add that to the remaking of old slasher movies and comic book fare like Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles and Transformers and you have an open field for copy-cat entertainment.

And if all else fails maybe the other persons idea will fall flat and you will have dodged a bullet. At least you could take solace in their failure.

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