POST BY PADDY JOHNSON
The latest example of the ongoing discussion on whose work looks similar to whose comes from a Keith Schofield video for Charlotte Gainsbourg and Beck, which draws heavily on William Hundley’s work, amongst many other sources. In a recent interview Schofield acknowledges the video was inspired by his online activity, though no specific sources were given.
“I'm just always looking for new ideas. I mainly do this by spending a ton of time online. I go to a lot of link filter sites (like reddit.com), read a lot of wikipedia, watch a lot of youtube videos, look at found photo sites (like ffffound.com). By absorbing enough stuff, the ideas eventually come.”
Many of Hundley’s flickr commentors seem to think he should have been paid to make the video himself, which of course would make sense if all of the appropriated imagery came from the artist, and video mimicked the Hundley’s concepts. It doesn’t. The debate however does add another layer to criticism we often see lodged at Facebook and Google: Why should large corporations be the only ones to profit off our online activity? It’s great that we can all mix and reuse other people’s images whenever we like, but when we’re not all profiting, when there’s profit to be had, people become a little more sensitive.
Editor’s note: Amusingly, a Lady Gaga ad follows the Metafilter post.