What can be considered plagiarism?
It's been a long time since I posted anything on instructables (school is really time consuming lately) But I got some projects which I'll be working on soon since I have a lot of free time in the upcoming summer vacation.
But while I was checking in here I noticed my video for my rubberband shotgun didn't work anymore. The problem is already fixed but it said at first that "OGG Craft" filed a plagiarism complaint on my video and it couldn't be shown.
Some of you may now OGG Craft on youtube. He is a japanese man who makes some excellent rubber band guns (I got referred to him by some comments on the same shotgun ible) and I have to admit one of his guns has a similar firing mechanism then mine but that's where the comparrison ends, the gun doesn't look the same, it doesn't even have the same ammo capacity. And I can honestly say I didn't know about it's excistence before building mine.
Now I decided to research these OGG Craft designs and I also came across some other Japanese people making rubber band guns, apperantly it's a sport there with it's own sportclub and everything!
I gained a lot of inspiration from seeing those guns and their firing mechanisms. I perhaps want to use some as inspiration for my own designs. I have no plans to copy someone's gun and mine will be my own design and everything.
But what I wanted to ask is, can using someone else's rubber band gun as inspiration be considered plagiarism? Even when yours is completely different and only uses a similar firing mechanism. There are just a few ways of firing a rubber band and I've seen a lot of people use the same technique's for it so I personally don't see anything wrong with it. All the bikes work in the same way and I don't hear anyone complain about that either.
So what do you guys think? If you see me posting a gun here that has a similar firing mechanism as for example ogg craft but other then that is completely different. Would you call it plagiarism or not? It's rather bugging me to be honest because I'm very proud of my rubber band guns and I'd hate to be called a stealer...
P.S.: Youtube investigated it and came to the conclusion that nothing was plagiarised and my video is still online.