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It’s Where You Take Things To May 20, 2009

Posted by Ivan Pols in advertising, art, comment, culture.
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Jim says

CR Blog had a post that raised a traditional issue in advertising and design. Namely the “stealing” of ideas and techniques.

YouTube provides a steady stream of inspiration to advertising creatives, but it also leaves young directors vulnerable to having ideas stolen and agencies open to accusations of plagiarism. How can both directors and agencies protect themselves?

That started a fun discussion. I argued that nothing (advertising, design, art, music) is original. Everything you do is based on the work of someone else. You don’t necessarily have to proclaim from the roof who you borrowed from, but don’t be shy when someone points out that you are not a true original. I like Jim Jarmusch’s quote, “Don’t bother concealing your thievery – celebrate it if you feel like it.” Just remember that you borrowed and will be borrowed from in turn (if you’re any good). Just try make it better and stop feeling so damn guilty. Love your history.

How about this: Love Your Influences As You Would Be Loved. Okay, now where’s that D&AD annual…

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