Good artists copy, Great artists steal

Posted: June 14, 2011 in cre-a-tivity, Music
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Stolen from Answers.com
Q: Why do people steal ideas from other people?
A: People steal ideas because they are lazy, uncreative, and lack the aptitude to dream and act on their own dreams. It is much easier to copy that to rationally think of something on their own.

“I object!” –that’s the lawyer in me speaking.

Did you see Beyonce’s performance of ‘Who Run The World Girls’ at the Billboards? Old news. (But, I’m just getting around to writing about it. It’s been a busy couple weeks.) It was a pretty crazy cool performance, though, right? I know some people are up in arms about her copying off of this 2010 performance by a woman named Lorella Cuccarini, but I’m arguing that it goes back further than that (see below)! Okay, I’m not arguing. I don’t really care to argue about where someone gets their inspiration from; after all, “imitation is the sincerest form of flattery” (cliche vomit). C’mon folks…it’s not like there is any unprecedented form of art left. We are mimicking others (that we admire); more importantly, we collage multiple artists, add a twist and ‘voila!’ our recipe for fame and the wow-factor (a.k.a Beyonce at the Billboards). The most important part of “stealing” is grabbing the entire concept fully, so that you can mold it into something that you believe is better.
You may not like them as much as “the original,” but here are are some famous copy-cats:
Mr. Brainwash copies Banksy
Shakespeare copies commonly told stories
Windows Vista copies Mac OS
John Williams copies Stravinsky, Holst, etc…

T.S Eliot says it best:

One of the surest tests [of the superiority or inferiority of a poet] is the way in which a poet borrows. Immature poets imitate; mature poets steal; bad poets deface what they take, and good poets make it into something better, or at least something different. The good poet welds his theft into a whole of feeling which is unique, utterly different than that from which it is torn; the bad poet throws it into something which has no cohesion. A good poet will usually borrow from authors remote in time, or alien in language, or diverse in interest. “Philip Massinger,” The Sacred Wood

The original…or maybe not.
Fred Astaire

Lorella Cuccarini

Beyonce (OMG. She not only stole from Fred Astaire but also a major part of the song is Major Lazer’s!!)

Gasp! The Italians do it, too. Stealing it and taking it to another level

p.s I didn’t write this post. I stole it. ;]

Comments
  1. truthteller says:

    Joyce McKinney is going to sue Errol Moirrs for his defamtory film on her. He pretened to be from Showtime doing at TV series on Paparazi, and while he interviewed Joyce, his cronies stole pictures of her, then altered them and used them in a libelous documentary which is NOT about the facts. She is also going to press criminal charges on them for Grand Theft and Fraud.

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