Plagiarism is flattery or…

“Originality is undetected plagiarism.”
William Ralph Inge

“What is originality? Undetected plagiarism.”
Dean Inge

There is true irony in the above quotes.  With regard to music, you can have some real fun with
It has over 127,000 songs and 45,000 artists and is attempting to trace their musical DNA. There are some fairly hysterical samples from Dr. Dre (1279 samples) to Jay Z (843 samples) to Kanye West (645 samples).  I can only imagine this kind of stuff keeps plenty of Intellectual Property attorneys very busy.

In this copy cat world, perhaps sampling someone else’s music shows respect for a prior song, and in our society of repetition, sampling gets more Internet hits, but I will offer the following two quotes that say it all:

“If you steal from one author it’s plagiarism; if you steal from many it’s research.”
Wilson Mizner

“If you steal from one author, it’s plagiarism. If you steal from two, it’s research.”
John Burke

My take on all this–TURN OFF your i-Pod and write your own stuff!

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