If you want to achieve greatness, stop asking for permission

Topics: Street art, Copyright, Social media Pages: 3 (1811 words) Published: October 28, 2014

CCS Case Study
“If you want to achieve greatness, stop asking for permission.”- Eddie Colla Contents
1. Introducttion
2. Methodology
3. Research and findings
4. Analysis and discussion
5. Conclussion
The topic chosen for this case study is “Can illustration be unethical?” based on the lecture given by Bruce Ingman on week 14. The aim of that session is to think about plagiarism, how it can happen, what are the consequences and a debate with our colleagues about many cases shown in the classroom. As I think it is a really interesting subject matter, I decided to look for a recent and relevant case. After some research I found out about an artist called Eddie Colla who has been plagiarized multiple times in recent years. Eddie Colla is a Californian street artist that can resemble really well known Banksy's work, here is how he defines his own work; “Some people view what I do as vandalism. I assume that their objection is that I alter the landscape without permission. Advertising perpetually alters our environment without the permission of its inhabitants. The only difference is that advertisers pay for the privilege to do so and I don’t. So if you’re going to call me anything, it is more accurate to call me a thief.” the aim of his work is really similar to Banksy's as well, trying to fight capitalism and social issues in general. The case I am going to concentrate my case study in is, specifically, one related to Wal-Mart, what leads to the great discussion about big corporations “stealing” from artist that are not too well known. To know more about this case I had a look to Colla's social network sites as well as his own website and few articles about him and his work and how he is dealing with plagiarism. Methodology

As a main resource to obtain information about this case in particular I used digital resources due to the nature of the case and how recent it is. Resources like articles, blog posts, and a series of...

Bibliography: Gary K. Clabaugh, Edward G. Rozycki, The Plagiarism Book (NewFoundations, 2001)
Austin Kleon, Steal Like an Artist: 10 Things Nobody Told You About Being Creative (Workman Publishing, 2012)
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