Copying vs. inspiration

Yesterday I had to have a talk with some students about plagiarism. I’m not sure why it still happens, especially this late in the school year, but it does. I understand the temptation to just copy something from the internet when you have a paper due and are busy with many classes, part-time jobs and other priorities. But it won’t help you learn to write, it’s both immoral and illegal, and it’s almost always really obvious when you do it.

Anyway, I saw this video and was reminded of my conversations with students about copying. The video says it’s a “tribute” to cinema. Certain scenes in these Pixar movies are inspired by scenes in other famous movies. This is not copying, is it?

Where do you draw the lines between original ideas, inspiration, and copying?

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