Homage, Plagiarism, Copying, Fraud, Tribute, or Parody?
Copyright is a form of legal protection prohibiting others from copying one’s creative work without permission. A copyright is a property right. Copyright law grants the creator of an original work exclusive rights for its use and distribution.
Plagiarism is an ethical violation resulting from failure to cite sources and engaging in the act of passing someone else’s work or ideas off as one’s own. This applies even if you have only copied a part, rather than the whole, of another’s work.
Homage or hommage is a show or demonstration of respect or dedication to someone or something, sometimes by simple declaration but often by some more oblique reference, artistic or poetic. The term is often used in the arts, for where one author or artist shows respect to another by allusion or imitation
Tribute is a sign of respect or admiration, an award to honor a person’s accomplishments.
Parody an imitation of the style of a particular writer, artist, or genre with deliberate exaggeration for comic effect.
What happens when two artists put forward highly “similar” works? Where is the line between fair use and appropriation?