Look what we find on Google when we google the quotation you gave:
What Steve Jobs really meant when he said ‘Good artists copy; great artists steal’
Apple’s Bud Tribble: “If you take something and make it your own … it’s your design and that is the dividing line between copying and stealing. That is part of Apple’s DNA.”
What Steve Jobs really meant when he said 'Good artists copy; great artists steal'
Apple has sued a lot of companies for allegedly copying or stealing its intellectual property over the past three…
And it goes on:
“ Apple has sued a lot of companies for allegedly copying or stealing its intellectual property over the past three decades. In 1988, Apple sued Microsoft and HP for copyright infringement over similarities of Windows and NewWave to the graphical interface of the Macintosh and Lisa. More recently, the late Jobs had declared war against Google’s Android mobile operating system, resulting in a flurry of suits against Samsung, Motorola, HTC, and others who dared to copy ideas expressed in the iPhone and iPad.”
Intellectual property, artistic or industrial, is property and stealing is not tolerated in courts. But once again using the intellectual property of others to develop your own is nothing but open innovation. Never Picasso was for anything else but open creativity.