You can never be sure, especially if you're a newcomer to the field, that someone hasn't plowed that field before.
So what should a newcomer to a creative field do to avoid being blindsided and bankrupted by incumbent owners of exclusive rights? If there are no good steps that a newcomer can take, then this impossibility has a chilling effect on people even trying to become a newcomer to a creative field.
How many times have you heard someone who isn't in tech come up to you and say "I've got this great idea
What kind of search?
Obviously you can't do this [an alternate-point-of-view adaptation of a culturally significant work]
This is a form of creativity of which society currently disapproves through its elected representatives. How does it benefit society for society to disapprove of this?
you pays your money (or in this case, sweat equity) and you takes your chances.
Why the subject-verb disagreement? Are you quoting (or paraphrasing) a work of which I am not aware? Even so, I don't understand how to ensure that I avoid attorney's fees, statutory damages, and other ways of losing even more than the sweat equity that I had invested.
Harrison admits to having thought "Why didn't I realise?" when others started pointing out the similarity between the two songs
So what should Harrison have done instead to ensure that he realized his having accidentally made such a blatant ripoff before publishing it and thereby opening himself to infringement lawsuits?
Unless they are real admins using the command line.
Why does the PowerShell equivalent of sudo su - require so much typing (namely Start-Process powershell -Verb runAs according to this page?) And unlike Ubuntu, which installs man pages by default, Windows requires users to remember to run Update-Help as administrator while online before taking the computer offline.
Stop when it's off, go when it's on.
Then how do you tell when it's about to change? And who goes during a power outage? And how do you tell "on" from "sun reflecting off the lens"?
Yeah, until I learned that you can just go straight to the traditional control panel interface and skip through the tablet-PC nonsense.
In Windows 8 and Windows 8.1, administrators already cannot create or modify a user account inside Control Panel. They have to make changes "in PC settings", which is code-word for "click here to open the tablet-PC nonsense".
someone who's producing music, art, or literary works has probably had it drilled into them in school that plagiarism is wrong
So what can a composer of music do to determine whether or not he is accidentally infringing or plagiarizing? George Harrison got bit by this (Bright Tunes Music v. Harrisongs Music, the "My Sweet Lord" case).
If, on the other hand, their story, music, or artwork is original
Let me rephrase the question: How can someone starting out in the business determine what is original?
So maybe you need to be more creative to find a way that doesn't infringe the law
But how can a layman know where the line is for a particular use? The uncertainty itself has a chilling effect on creativity.