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How to know if you copied too much / Comment savoir si on a trop copié

2018 . 04 . 30 - Comments / Commentaires (4)

Where is the line between allowing another artist’s work to influence you and ripping them off completely?

Où est la limite entre permettre à l’œuvre d’un autre artiste de vous influencer et voler son inspiration complètement?

If you’re one of the artists who has trouble with the notion that imitation is a part of creativity, check out my TEDx talk about it. I’ve explained two of these ways of knowing in older videos in a bit more detail: here is the one about Ella Jarosewicz’s method and here is the one about mine. I’m sharing this new video today in honor of my upcoming trip to Canada for the 5e Colloque de l’Adte, May 2nd at the Université du Québec à Montréal. I’ll be speaking there about how to free your art from copyright!

Si vous êtes un des artistes qui a du mal à comprendre que l’imitation fait partie de la créativité, jetez un coup d’œil sur ma conférence TEDx. J’ai parlé de deux de ces façons de reconnaître quand on a trop copié dans d’autres vidéos avec plus de détails: voici celle qui explique la méthode d’Ella Jarosewicz et voici celle qui décrit la mienne. Je partage cette nouvelle vidéo aujourd’hui en l’honneur de mon voyage au Canada pour le 5e Colloque de l’Adte, le 2 mai à l’Université du Québec à Montréal. Je vais parler de comment libérer votre art du droit d’auteur!

Edvard Munch and Gwenn Seemel

Edvard Munch and / et Gwenn Seemel
(To learn about the making of my piece, go here. / Pour en savoir plus sur la réalisation de mon tableau, allez ici.)

This post provides an interesting perspective on where originality comes from and this one emphasizes how important it is to thank the artists who inspire you.

Ce post offre une perspective intéressante sur l’originalité et celui-ci souligne l’importance de remercier les artistes qui vous inspirent.

Auguste Herbin and Gwenn Seemel

Auguste Herbin and / et Gwenn Seemel
(To learn about the making of my piece, go here. / Pour en savoir plus sur la réalisation de mon tableau, allez ici.)

For a more in-depth discussion of all this, read my book You Share Good here for free .

Pour en savoir plus sur tout cela, lisez mon livre Vous partqgez bien ici gratuitement.



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(4) Comments / Commentaires: How to know if you copied too much / Comment savoir si on a trop copié

-- libby fife -- 2018 . 04 . 30 --


It was fun to see the pieces side by side and to see your interpretation/inspiration. (Hope those are the correct terms.)

I agree that a person’s internal check system (conscience) should guide them. Like you say, if you can’t show the two pieces side by side with a clear conscience then there is a problem. Those times when I know that I have copied too much have made me uncomfortable to show the images on my blog. Even as “test” pieces where I am trying to figure out what the artist may have done. It still feels weird to show that.

Lots of folks though don’t have this “internal check system”. For them I think, there either is no line or the line is very blurry. For most of us though, I think your “test” is a great idea.

Good luck with your talk! Thanks again for the good post.

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-- Gwenn -- 2018 . 04 . 30 --

@Libby: Do you really think there are people who don’t know, eve after they show the work side by side? I think we all know. We may have slightly different opinions and/or we may be trying to deny it, but everyone knows! At least, I really do think that’s true. And it’s the denial that I find distressing. It’s very presidential: just keep saying something is a certain way and some people will end up believing you. It makes me sad for all of us.

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-- Sarah Greenman -- 2018 . 04 . 30 --

Excellent vlog. I think your litmus test - the side-by-side test - is a great way to really get in touch with the realities of how much the original piece has inspired the new work. So clear.

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-- Gwenn -- 2018 . 05 . 07 --

@Sarah: Thank you! Comparison is revealing in so many situations, not just art imitation. Of course, it usually says more about the person doing the comparing than the things being compared. smile But I think it’s useful for getting the critical mind going…

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