Where to draw the line between original designs and lifting others' ideas?


It's an on-going battle in the design industry, especially the apparel, accessories, and footwear world that there's a real fine line between original designs and taking too much inspiration from others.

Some examples from today's news, this is a great article from thegardian.com.  Zara again has been accused of plagiarising their graphics from LA artist Tuesday Bassen.  Why is it so hard to copyright or patent designs in our industry? I believe it's possible, however there are too many variables and possibilities in the creative world. What is an "original design"?  Is it true that just changing 20% of a print design makes it different? What are your opinions about intellectual property in the design world?

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