I remember seeing a South Park episode where Butters was trying to take over the world, but every idea was shot down as something that had already been tried on the Simpsons.
A filmmaker named Kirby Ferguson has put together an excellent set of four videos on the role of using other peoples creativity (or ideas) in creating new work. They are entitled “Everything is a Remix” and has a blog located here. Check out the videos, there’s some facinating stuff in there.
Part 1: The Song Remains the Same
Part 2: Remix Inc.
Part 3: The Elements of Creativity
Part 4: System Failure
h/t: Peta Pixel