“The Myth Of Originality…” Copyright and Copywrong


All Creative Work is Deriviative

Nina Paley alerts us to a neat writeup (with illustrations) that she did, discussing the concept of originality, and why it’s so often misconstrued. First, things that many people think are “original” usually aren’t very original at all. They tend to be derivative in some way or another — a point that we’ve made here many times. And yet, many people seem to think that there’s some sort of objective standard for originality, and that something that involves a direct copy of something else as part of the process can’t count as original (though, they conveniently ignore it when “the greats” like Mozart or Shakespeare did a direct cut-and-paste type of copying in their own works).

The Myth Of Originality…, techdirt

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