So far, I have been thinking that genuine creativity is a very rare thing to happen.
In response to a court case involving music sampling, Emerson v. Davies had the following opinion.
"[In] truth, in literature, in science and in art, there are, and can be, few, if any, things, which in an abstract sense, are strictly new and original throughout. Every book in literature, science and art, borrows, and must necessarily borrow, and use much which was well known and used before." Emerson v. Davies,8 F.Cas. 615, 619 (No. 4,436) (CCD Mass. 1845)
- Ahmed Nayyer