In her latest video Madonna is acting in a fashion that made the son of the photographer Bourdin react and sue the popicon for plagiarism.
When looking at the comparisation-pics (1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6) the similarity is clear but hey, there´s no revolutionary idea in this pictorials that can steem from a plagitarizing use. Somehow a hommage to the Bourdin-pics I think.
The son of the photographer is probably a deskclerk wanting his fifteen minutes of fame. But the whole thing is a picture itself of the difficult question of the copyright of an idea. Is there ways that one can predict that an idea is stolen from another one? And if there´s is a question of whether or not the idea is personal och stolen there will be a strange society where ideas can be copyrighted. Even though our minds are almost inevitable and one can't grasp the full potential of it there is a possibility that two people can come up with the same idea since we can be brought up under the same cultural and social circumstances. When trying to enforce the copyright on the outcome of an idea will make it hard to think freely. (The Smoking Gun)