Great Artists Steal - by Austin KleonIn writing they say there are no new plots, only new twists on old plots. When the family of Marvin Gaye sued singer/songwriter RobinThicke, I had to wonder if music wasn't the same thing. How many ways can you play cords to get a different rhythm or tune? Was the music familiar because at some point in Thicke's life he heard the song by Gaye and his sub-conscience remembered it? It appears Thicke is standing by his song and asking for a new trial. See that here.
How many times do you see someone's work and think there's a bit of the technique of VanGogh or Monet? Is it stealing or is there really no new techniques? Or could it be no one recognized that technique before this one artist stepped up to show it to the world?