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?