William Gibson, author of Neuromancer and other groundbreaking works, muses on how plagarism furthers the art, rather than impeding it. His words seem to exempt derivitive works from copyright laws: while there's truth in it, the fear in every artist's soul of having their art taken away from them will never get current copyright laws overturned. One might point out to Gibson that the Neuromancer movie has yet to be made, despite the desire of fans for such a film and the ability of anyone with a DV camera and some software to make it themselves. If one were made without his input and in violation of whomever owns the movie rights, we'll see how long he sticks to the "derivative works are great!" arguement.
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