All Creative Work Is Derivative

A fantastic little film, animated by Nina Paley (of Sita Sings The Blues fame). All the images in the video were taken at the Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York City.

The whole history of human culture evolves through copying, making tiny transformations (sometimes called "errors") with each replication. Copying is the engine of cultural progress. It is not "stealing." It is, in fact, quite beautiful, and leads to a cultural diversity that inspires awe.

Warning: The video is NSFW if you are a prude, or work in a place filled with prudes.

The video was released under a Creative Commons Attribution-ShareAlike 3.0 license.  Visit to download it in high resolution formats.