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On derivative works. Which part is creative in a series about zombies?
An interesting case was recently discussed in the foreign media concerning the copyright to the popular series “The Walking Dead.” Frank Darabont, a well-known screenwriter and director, assumed the role of its showrunner, responsible for the overall concept and nature of the series. The agreement with AMC television granted him remuneration for the exploitation of [...]

Art feeds on art, i.e. it adapts, borrows, copies and is inspired
An exhibition entitled “Cannibalism? On appropriations in art” is currently being held at the Zachęta National Gallery of Art in Warsaw. This exhibition deals with the adaptations, sampling, borrowing and processing of culture. One could say: “art feeds art” which is a notion that led to the creation of so called “appropriation” art. From the [...]

The mythical 4 bars limit - an inquiry on music plagiarism
The recent judgment by thejury in the Federal District Court in Los Angeles , concerning the hit song “Blurred Lines,” did once again remind us that even musicians from newspaper front pages are likely to reach for someone else’s work, and by doing so – commit plagiarism. The last year’s song by Robin Thicke and [...]

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