I'd contend that we all steal ideas, it is part of how creativity works. We build on what others have done.
musicians have been doing this for decades
Mark - Using the definition Kirby Ferguson came up with (copy, transform, combine), this could be argued to be creative, now is it art, that is a whole other matter (legal too, ie fair use)..
This comes down to a "Fair Use" question. Essentially, is it different enough to constitute something new?
I'd say it is.
architects do this all the time as well ...
hh richardson in the 1800s invented the richardson romanesque style
using assyrian arches &c. he borrowed towers and "motifs" from churches
ineurope and "scaled" them down to work with the buildings he was building.
most notably he did this with the trinity church in copley square, boston,
and to this day that building is noted as being one of the greatest american churches ever built..
Creative but just a bit late. http://jowharaalsaud.com/section/168752_2008.html She has been doing this for awhile
But these are her own photographs
Appropriation art is just poor excuse for no talent. Again all concept and little actual craft.
mozart appropriated just as kanye west does,
just like braque, picasso and banksy does today.
photographers photograph someone else's architecture, or do a detail of an architectural element, they appropriate that as well.
industrial designers do it all the time as well ...
not sure if it has anything to do with lack of talent ...
unless the newly created art, is bad