Authenticity and Thievery

Monday 7th January, 2019

I love it when the Rockweather Guys trip over something during the day that inspires them. Jeremy found this today and they were deep into a discussion on creativity when I arrived:

Nothing is original. Steal from anywhere that resonates with inspiration or fuels your imagination. Devour old films, new films, music, books, paintings, photographs, poems, dreams, random conversations, architecture, bridges, street signs, trees, clouds, bodies of water, light and shadows. Select only things to steal from that speak directly to your soul. If you do this, your work (and theft) will be authentic.”

Authenticity is invaluable; originality is non-existent. And don’t bother concealing your thievery – celebrate it if you feel like it. In any case, always remember what Jean-Luc Godard said: ‘It’s not where you take things from – it’s where you take them to.’ ” (Jarmuchsch, 2013)

The core of what they were discussing was where do intellectual property rights begin and end at this time? If you choose to publish something do you, in practical terms, really have any property rights left? How should we respond in fairness to creatives who are trying to make a living off their work?.

What do you think about this concept? You can read part two here…

Jarmuchsch, J. (2004). Things I’ve Learned. MovieMaker Magazine #53 – Winter, June 5, 2013. Retrieved from:

Author: Rockweather

I am a writer, musician, teacher, and researcher at the Auckland University of Technology (AUT) in Auckland, New Zealand.

3 thoughts on “Authenticity and Thievery”

  1. “and in the beginning there was God”………..and He was original and what He created was original……….Maybe he or she who knows God knows originality……..I think each of us were created as one of a kind……..I don’t think the world is ready for two Janice Willis’ xxx

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    1. Thank you for your comments Janice. You are spot-on with the source of originality. Thank you also for using correct apostrophe grammar – I LIKE that !

      This post is also the start of an on-going series about truth and originality and will examine some ideas about what people are calling a “post-truth” world. Luke has a very interesting take on it to discuss…Watch this space…


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