"You steal from one--It's plagiarism. You steal from many--It's research." -- Wilson Mizner, and American playwrite.
In this video, Austin Kleon recognized and share this idea with us. I would say, stealing is more like an exact copy without giving the credit to the source. But, if you borrow the idea and add your own stuff, it will become yours. Idea is not copyrightable. The final product is.
"We want you to take from us. We want you, at first, to steal from us because you can steal. You would take what we give, and you would put it in your own voice. And, that's how you'll find your voice, and that's how you begin. And then, one day, someone will steal from you." -- Francis Ford Coppola, an American film director, producer and screenwriter.
Kleon also gave a few suggestion for those who'd like to become an artist in this digital age. Here are his suggestions:
- Steal like an artist
- Don't wait until you know who you are to get started
- Write the book you want to read
- Use your hands
- Side projects and hobbies are important
- The secret: Do good work and share it with people
- Geography is no longer our writer
- Be nice (The world is a small town)
- Be boring (It's the only way to get work done)
- Creativity is subtraction
Kleon has also published a book entitled "Steal Like an Artist: 10 Things Nobody Told You About Being Creative". I think it's quite interesting (although I haven't got to read it.)
If you are interested, please click on the link on the side bar.