I’ve had my house broken into once, but I remember that feeling of walking in and seeing everything you own thrown everywhere. That feeling of being personally violated.
I still get that same feeling when I experience digital theft. It seems like a few times a week I see more words stolen or graphics I created used without credit. Every time I see it, it bothers me. One of my favorites is when these same people submit their site to Laravel Links and as the one who approves the listings, it shows the blatant disrespect they have for my work.
I’ve learned to live with it and not let it eat at me, and one thing that has helped is just realizing there is nothing you can do. As a single person fighting it is futile, and the best option is to keep your head down and just focus on creating the best stuff you can.
The copier is someone with no originality or talent, so they think shortcuts will help them, but all they are doing is taking the lazy way and not learning how or why it was created in the first place.