Theft Or Genius?
It’s late and I’ve worked fourteen hours straight so I’m losing complicated thoughts, but I was pondering on copies and versions of creative works this evening, in the light of the lovely Pogo mixes posted elsewhere here, which sample tracks from films.
One thing that strikes me as odd is that, if you write a new version of an old story you’ll be accused of plagiarism, whereas if you reimagine an old song, everyone heralds you as a genius.
There’s a short story by another writer that I’d love to rework, because the original was of its time (the sixties) and dated now, and could be translated into something for this generation. But I daren’t do it, because it would be regarded as stealing. It’s a shame, because unlikely songs which often passed unnoticed at the time of their first appearance are frequently rediscovered and transformed.
Here are a couple of versions of ‘Willow’s Song’,,,