Vanilla Ice is Under Pressure


It’s the constant struggle for creatives; being inspired by consuming the work of others and coming up with original content. The issue of copyright has become more prevalent, of course, since the Internet was born and everyone started uploading and downloading the work of others.

Where before none existed, present day copyright laws are extensive and, just like when you scroll down to the bottom of the page to accept terms and conditions without reading them, no one is particularly versed on the specifics. We all get the general idea though; don’t pass off the work of others as your own. While this seems morally obvious and is effective in protecting the rights of creators, how far do these copyright laws extend?

It seems increasingly easier for people to be sued for copyright, for example the extremely similar introductions to ‘Ice, Ice Baby’ and ‘Under Pressure’ which resulted in Bowie and Queen being paid off by Vanilla Ice and given credit. Ideas are born from the ideas of others, and people can have almost identical ideas when it comes to thesis’ without ever having stumbled upon the other’s work. There’s no way of proving if it’s coincidence or theft.

Will copyright kill the circle of creativity?


















One thought on “Vanilla Ice is Under Pressure

  1. I think you’ve hit some really significant points regarding how exactly we’re supposed to prove that a single individual has the rights to ownership of an idea or creative work when, as the old saying goes, “there’s nothing new under the sun”.

    Creativity to a certain point can only ever be rearrangements of pre-existing elements. To use the example of music, everyone has the same set of notes to pull from. With so many people over so much time working from that same limited base there’s no real way to avoid having similar combinations to something somebody else has already made.

    Even outside of these kinds of situations we have evidence and studies and German words to describe the phenomenon of two people in two distant locations having the exact same idea at the exact same time. Are we expected to be able to tell which person had an idea first ever y time? Are we really that petty that it should matter to us so much as a species? Some really interesting questions brought up here.


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