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Taking Inspiration: Tribute or Theft? - a debate

Published 29.02.16 at 13:37

Innovation in art and design is not possible without referencing other people's work. Mixing, sampling and re-contextualising are common art practices. Tim Sokolow, Joint Head of Academic Support at CSM, and Silvia Baumgart, Own-it Programme Manager at Careers and Employability, show you a wide range of practices and lead a debate on how we might determine the boundaries between inspiration, plagiarism and copying.


Useful websites:

IPO guidance on fair dealing exceptions:

Other references:
Fairey, S, (2009) The AP, Obama, & Referencing (Internet) Available from
[Accessed 22nd February 2016]
Lydiate, H., (2009), Appropriation Art and Fair Uses (Internet) Available from artquest.org.uk/articles/view/appropriation-art-and-fair-uses1
[Accessed 22nd February 2016] - please note that this article does not reflect recent changes in the law - please see the IPO's guidance on fair dealing exceptions.
UAL Academic Misconduct Guidance 2015-16 (Internet) available from
[Accessed 22nd February 2016]

Please note that this video discuss the legal position in the UK at the time of publication. It provides general information only and is not to be regarded as legal advice. You must take advice from a specialist lawyer in relation to your specific circumstances. Further, you should seek additional legal advice when dealing with parties based in other parts of the world or works originating from other parts of the world as the legal position may vary.


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