“It is better to fail in originality than to succeed in imitation” – Herman Melville.
Whether they do it for love or for money, all creatives want their work to be original. Originality is seen as the yardstick of creative skill and talent. But for the purposes of copyright protection, what is the threshold of creativity that makes a work original?
Whether they are contemplating action against an infringer, or their own work is challenged, it is important that creatives understand the concept of originality.