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  1. You can’t steal ideas! Copying isn’t theft, and there is no such thing as intellectual property.

    There is nothing new under the sun. Is there anything of which one can say, “Look! This is something new”?

    You can’t steal ideas, but you can and should – as you rightly say – give credit where credit’s due.

    Thanks be to God. 🙂

    • Your reply has got me thinking and reading your blog and comments got me thinking even harder. Thanks for that Richard.

      As one who generates ideas more than most, I am pretty sensitive to the use of the ideas that I come up with, so stand by the general thrust of the post, although I might perhaps reword things slightly given your comments. In practice, I do generally try to copyright brands that I create, but encourage free use of any ideas I create that flow from biblical principles. So for example, I trademarked Light Party in half a dozen countries, but I teach businesses in Samoa how to value-add and be creative in their marketing, not attempting to control or limit the ideas I freely give them.

      But it’s not easy and you challenge me!

      I trained as a teacher in my early twenties and effectively “burnt out” after my first year teaching. In my “recovery phase”, I worked in an exhaust manufacturing company on the shop floor. I bent pipes. All day, I took a straight pipe from a trolley to my right, put it into a machine, pushed a button and put the bent pipe into a trolley on my left. I loved that job, because it was so simple and had no complex issues to deal with!

      Whenever my analytical brain starts really spinning with the complexities of a deep issue (like the one you raise here), I usually find that I have zeroed in on the details. I have trained myself to step back and see the big issue as a solution to my intellectual quandary. In regards to the details of IP rights, intellectual property, the law, morality and trying to define right and wrong, it IS a complex issue. In any possible “idea thievery” situation though, there is always a “right” and “wrong” thing to do (and for a Christian – this is a decision we make before the Lord).

      Lawmakers will struggle to write laws to define this, and the comments in your own posts allude to that challenge.

      As we both agree, the circumstances around the “use” of ideas is crucial.

      In regards to attribution, I am always challenged with blog attribution. I often find a quote or story or idea that I wish to share. When that quote is in turn a quote or link to another source, I must determine whether to quote the quoter or quote the original source. In one sense the blogger that I follow deserves the kudos, yet the original source also deserves kudos. I err on the side of quoting the original source.

      I do this for two reasons – personal benefit (over time my digital footprint becomes wider), and because I actually spend a lot of time and effort to research the original source.

      Thanks for your correction and comments

  2. The idea of a Palolo Festival has been around and mulled for decades. As you said, it IS a no brainer. A lot of times, palagis tend to think that Samoans are dumber than what they are. That’s why Samoans, for centuries, have been having a little laugh at the overseas visitors who, more often than not, tend to think of the natives as slightly more intelligent than the ‘ooga booga’ in the classic Tarzan movies of the black and white tv era. Remember the anthropologist?

    Many people have had those ideas over the decades, and have either not been able to implement them or have not been so vocal and public about ‘their’ wonderful flashes of brilliance. The Annual Teuila Festival is not really in honour of the actual red ginger flower itself, and if you understand it like a local does, it IS a celebration of all things Samoan. ‘Samoa Day’ just sounds a bit pompous and superfluous since, 90% of the people actual LIVE it every day. Visitors have a wonderful time seeing that in the villages instead of sitting around town once a year and seeing the Samoan culture pass by on a float or in a makeshift town setting.

    We need cheaper hotel rates and affordable and accessible flights to and from Samoa and the neighboring islands so that additional island hopping can also be part of a package that is, at present, too far, too little, too expensive. No matter what you dangle at the other end, Cost is your first concern. Other neighbouring islands, including Fiji, also have palolo/mbalolo …and..cheaper accomodations and flights. The average traveler has to save up precious resources in order to take a well-earned trip to exotica. Travel decisions are made on an ‘either-or’ basis.

    But, please….every single visitor that has ever had a taste of Palolo or been at one of the risings over the decades has also had the same eureka moment. It may be a good idea, but it’s not a very new one, and I’d bet that it looks a lot more enticing to the promoters than to the targeted visitors who would have to pay an arm and a leg just to come and see/eat some fairly ubiquitous superworms.

    • Thanks for commenting Aleni. You are onto it.

      My interest was in helping the local people develop a brand and marketing around the event. There is as you say much opportunity lost around Samoa. It is hard for people to see the importance of things like this especially when they are buried deep trying to survive. Bigger picture thinkers that I kno wof tend to be freer in sharing their ideas. Smaller thinkers however tend to hoard and look after self. Sadly this is all too common around these joints. I just keep doing what I can and work with those who do look outside the box!

      Thanks for commenting!

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