Normally I do not make issues or comments on elements happening in the real world online because most times its pointless.
This however, is something I think many fellow creative souls should see.Lockout loses to Escape from New York plagiarism suit
In short, the makers of the meh film Lockout, featuring Guy Pierce, was sued by John Carpenter (he of Assault on Precinct 13, Halloween, and of the compared Escape from New York) who claims that his 1981 cult film was plagiarized by the french makers.
The suit is that the plots are the same; hero sent in covertly into a fort/prison to rescue someone; the person is important, he has friends on the inside who get killed, and he is exonerated after the rescue.
Now read the article for yourself to come to your own conclusion.
However when I looked at it I was mortified; the plot has been done numerous times by others (e.g. Rambo 2, Bronx Brothers, and Doomsday to say a few); how many times have we seen a hero disgraced in the past has to go into a situation by force or conviction to rescue someone important; where fellows inside die, and the villain beaten, and the hero re-deemed?
In addition, when I saw Lockout, i never thought of Escape of New York at all; in fact I thought it was a boring film. If memory recalls, the two are very different; Snake was a war hero who committed a robbery and recruited by force to rescue the President from a hijacked plane; in Lockout, he was a cop who was framed and to gain his freedom, he has to rescue the President's daughter who went to a space station of her own accord. Escape is set on Earth in New York; Lockout is in space.
Of course there are similarities but this is where it takes a turn for the disturbing for me.
Stories exist since the human thought; we all borrow or are inspired by elements in life, from our own experiences, others stories and so forth. I know people here who want to make their own version of Star Trek, Star Wars, and ideas on similar themes.
What this to me says that if your idea is similar to something else, you could be sued and crushed.
In this world I have noticed, there is a more ruthless clampdown on creativity; there are now legal plans to control "creative licensing" and "intellectual Property" to the point where, I feel that if given the chance, imagination would be regulated and restricted by corporations.
So - you the imaginative - what is your opinion on this?