“It’s OK to steal from the Internet,” they say

Posted: December 2, 2011 in All, YouTube
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I wrote a short story for a client, and it turned out really good. Then, after all was said and done, my client mentioned he stole the idea from the Internet.

If all you need to do is right-click on something, why be original? Creativity isn’t rewarded, it’s just copied. People who want to copy something because they like it, but don’t realize there’s a value there.

There’s an assumption that if it’s online, it should be free. If this was the case, no one would be making any money off their creations and you’d see much less of it online.

Anything can be ripped off. That’s why it’s even more important to be 100 percent original. Don’t fall into the easy trap of generating content mashed up from other people’s ideas. You won’t stand out. You’ll be exactly like everyone else who is doing it.

We don’t revere people like Steve Jobs because he copied other people. He got the respect he did because he created something new.

When anything can be copied off the internet the only thing I have is originality. People want original content, not the same old thing. That’s why, for instance, Charlie Sheen jokes got old very quickly.

My writing might not be much, but at least it’s my own.



Here’s my YouTube channel. You’ll find some very funny and some very wrong short films here:


  1. Alex says:

    You should check out Pirates of Silicon Valley if you think we don’t respect Steve Jobs because he stole. The original Mac OS was stolen almost wholesale from a similar GUI that XEROX developed, Jobs had insider access to because of a deal with IBM, and IBM turned down XEROX, opening the door for Jobs to take advantage. After that, Gates stole the GUI from Jobs and made it more accessible for developers, secured exclusive contracts and generally outgamed Steve to gain market control. What he’s known for now may be more original than that first big hit, but in the end, he never would have been in the position he was to helm the iRevolution if it wasn’t for that first huge success of a theft.

    I hate to say it, but the digital age is one where theft + marketing genius is a surefire path to success. It sucks, sure, but it’s a meme that’s out there in our culture now, an unfortunate one, but one that is prevalent nonetheless.

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