NegativLand: Two Relationships to a Cultural Public Domain

Along with these modern parameters on creativity
came complete twists in human perception itself; for example,
the very concept of copying (which actually got this species
to where we are now) became a term of disrepute,
something to be avoided, an uncreative act! So now, despite
the fact that music is always chock full of copying (regardless
of any laws), the industry continues under self-delusional
standards of “originality” based on carefully delineated
degrees of copycat provability. Acknowledging the strengths
and realities of human nature (monkey see, monkey do) has
become a disrespectable practice in commercialized culture,
and thus the human cultural tradition of incremental evolution
based on individual copying is now routinely crippled
by private ownership. Each individual must make a legally
defined leap from another’s (phony) “originality” to his or
her own (phony) “originality.” We wonder, would people
across history agree with copyright lawyers and content
owners who think that this is a good thing for the evolution
of human culture?
Understanding (phony):