Sharing is caring: why copyright is the #1 innovation killer
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PLAGIARISM | We were all taught from a very young age that you don’t “steal” other people’s work. You don’t plagiarize, you cite all of your sources, and you give attributions to photos. And if you do take someone’s song or film and do your own thing with it, you’re labeled a “pirate.” We’ve all been taught the rules and most of us, to some extent, fight for it.
Are we all pirates?
Yet somehow, as we experience an age of digital revolution, copyright laws seem to hold less and less weight. Have you ever created a presentation and ripped a few nice images off the internet to make it look nice? Or have you shared a photograph on Facebook without asking permission first? Or what about all those YouTube videos and internet memes that blatantly use others’ images, music, and video footage to create their own remix? Are we all a bunch of law-breaking pirates, or are we just building off of another’s work in the spirit of creative progression?
Many very compelling arguments have been made that most of what we create is just a remixed version of what someone else created in the past. In other words, very little of what’s out there is actually all that original.
Last updated on: 24 April 2020
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Sharing is Caring, 2017
Paint marker on cotton canvas board,
15 x 10 cm (5,9 x 3,9 inch)
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