Artist Nina Paley took her camera, and some volunteers, to the Met Museum in NYC and took photos of 914 statues and then combined them to make a moving, dancing video sculpture. Her thesis is that all creative work builds on what has gone before.
She says, "The whole history of human culture evolves through copying, making tiny transformations (sometimes called "errors") with each replication. Copying is the engine of cultural progress. It is not "stealing." It is, in fact, quite beautiful, and leads to a cultural diversity that inspires awe."
So, does that mean it's OK for agency creatives to borrow ideas from YouTube?
You can find out more about how and why she did it here.
I found the video at TV Mole.