Debating Communal Creativity

March 2, 2010 By Kristeen

This week Peter Lloyd looks into the debate of Communal Creativity and explores both sides of the argument. In so doing, he himself quotes famous authors and musician on their perspective of plagiarism, originality, authenticity, or what have you.

Les Paul, the great musician and inventor of the electric guitar, said it best; “to this day, no one has come up with a set of rules for originality. There aren’t any.”

Recent prize-winning German novelist, Helene Hegemann, uses sizable chunks of another writer’s original material. Hegemann, in reply to charges of unoriginality, not only admits appropriation, she defends her cutting and pasting. “There’s no such thing as originality anyway, just authenticity.”

Read more Right Brain Workouts by Peter Lloyd.

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