Innovation Is 99% Copying

Ryan Block, writing for TechCrunch:

If genius is, as Edison said, 1% inspiration and 99% perspiration, then perhaps innovation is 1% invention and 99% iteration.

Mm. Innovation is more like 99% copying and 1% improving.

Don’t just take my word for it. Innovate a bit, and you’ll eventually come to that conclusion too. New ideas seldom come out of nowhere. Typically, you improve the art — you copy first — by borrowing ideas you’ve seen elsewhere — you copy again.

Now, can we please get over this copying versus innovating nonsense and move on?