I saw Steve Jobs — The Lost Interview last week and it was very good. Surprised that the audience (in Seattle!) was only half-full but then again maybe the advance publicity was too quick and maybe a bit meager. There is a considerable fascinating backstory and here's part, from Robert X. Cringely, the auteur:
Of all the reader suggestions for what I should do with my little film Steve Jobs — The Lost Interview, not one involved showing the movie in theaters. Yet that was the first thing that came to my mind. How old media-like of me and how new media-like of you. So we’re opening November 16th for a short run in about 20 U.S. theaters. These are mainly Landmark Theaters, but some others are now coming on and we’ve even had inquiries from Europe and Asia (keep them coming, please). The idea came to me late at night so I e-mailed Landmark owner Mark Cuban who replied in five minutes. proving insomnia has its virtues. (italics added) via www.cringely.com
"The idea came to me late at night so I e-mailed Landmark owner Mark Cuban who replied in five minutes."
How very Jobsian! "I e-mailed Landmark owner Mark Cuban who replied in five minutes." Wow! What a backstory!
Anyway, go see the movie when it re-emerges, whether in theater or Netflix etc etc.
But among many things, what struck me in the movie was a quote Jobs offered:
“Good artists copy, great artists steal."
And I don't get it. As I wrote in comments, here,
'...“copying” and “stealing” are along the same vector: using someone else’s work as one’s own.'
Please tell me what you think. "Copying" versus "stealing." The difference is a matter of intent. I had (apparently) mis-heard the saying years ago as “Brilliance invents. Genius copies.” which I think is more interesting, or at least, different. :) Maybe the contrast would be even better as “Competence invents. Genius copies.”