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At the height of his fame in the 1960s, Bob Dylan was a song machine, churning out hit after hit. According to his fans, Dylan was a poet – the “voice of a generation.” However, Dylan also had his fair share of detractors, who criticized his loose morals regarding intellectual property. Kirby Ferguson, a writer, director and filmmaker, takes to the TED stage to highlight specific instances of Dylan’s unabashed plagiarism. Yet, says Ferguson, all creators plagiarize, as no one can come up with an original idea completely from scratch. getAbstract suggests Ferguson’s frank, amusing presentation to artists and creators of all ilks and to anyone who believes the US copyright system needs repairing.

In this summary, you will learn

  • Why legendary musician Bob Dylan is guilty of plagiarism,
  • How plagiarism is a common feature of all innovation and
  • Why the United States needs to revamp its copyright laws.

About the Speaker

Kirby Ferguson is a writer, director and filmmaker. His four-part documentary, Everything Is a Remix, claims that no new creative works are original and that even the world’s most renowned innovators steal ideas.



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