There is God.
God created everything in existence.
Art was conceptualized long ago.
In turn as was Art-appreciation.
Art is all around us.
Artists study other artist.
Say A. (is) a flower. B. is the camera. C. is the photographer. D. is the photo. and E. is the student studying from the photograph.
Artists use tools like photographs taken by other artist to study from.
But is not the replicated study not also a great work of Art? or simply a copy?
In my opinion B-E are forms of Art. and A (the flower) is the original idea.
Generally, the idea is the initial/most original piece of Art.
I define stealing Art as passing off some one else's hand made Art as one's own.
While some one who "copies" another artist is more of a study and a heck of a form of flattery, if you ask me, some artist are offended and consider it stealing.
Both fortunately and unfortunately, we live in an organized world where ideas are copy written.
If you ever dont get to copy write an idea in time, dont worry, God will provide you with many more.