The whole history of human culture evolves through copying, making tiny transformations (sometimes called “errors”) with each replication. Copying is the engine of cultural progress. It is not “stealing.” It is, in fact, quite beautiful, and leads to a cultural diversity that inspires awe.
Our second “Minute Meme,” illustrating how all creative work builds on what came before. Photographed and animated by Nina Paley. Music by Todd Michaelsen Photographed at the Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York City. More information at http://questioncopyright.org/minute_memes/all_creative_work_is_derivative