2011 Diaries From Downunder, rip off or inspired?

This video was posted in Vimeo by Cam O’Connell.  It is an intro for a web-series called Diaries From Down Under, a snow boarding show based in New Zealand.  The series is produced by a marketing company called Winter Volume which aims to provide marketing services to winter sporting goods companies.  If the style looks familiar its because Cam used Mike Winkelmann work from the short “Kill Your Co-Workers“.

As I mentioned in my earlier post on Beeple-crap.com Mike Winkelmann makes available all of his project files to the world.  His work is completely open sourced meaning he allows anyone to use any of it for anything they want, commercial or

Still from from Mike Winkelmann's "Kill Your Co-Workers"

otherwise.  I love Mike’s approach to his work and making it available to the community makes him an extremely

valuable asset for a lot of motion graphics artists.  However, I can’t help but cringe a little bit to see his work so blatantly used for the benefit (presumably monetary and otherwise) of another artist.  Does Mike’s open source mentality inspire creativity is he stifling the creativity of others by letting them rip him off?  Or, perhaps even worse, is he allowing other people to take credit for his exemplary work?  Should open source art become mainstream?  If so what are the implications?

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