Artistic license



noun

the freedom to create an artwork, musical work, or piece of writing based on the artist’s interpretation and mainly for effect; also called poetic license , etc.
Examples

Artistic license often provokes controversy by offending those who resent the reinterpretation of cherished beliefs or previous works.
Word Origin

1845
Usage Note

colloquialism
Contemporary Examples

Affleck is certainly entitled to his viewpoint and artistic license.
What ‘Argo’ Gets Wrong About Iran Kambiz Atabai December 30, 2012

There is some artistic license taken: During his Masonic ceremony, the villain drinks out of a cup fashioned from a human skull.
Debunking Dan Brown Michael Baigent September 19, 2009

Historical Examples

By a striking exercise of artistic license the sticks were ponies, cows, and dogs, and the pebbles were sheep.
The Open Boat and Other Stories Stephen Crane

legal
The open source license applicable to Perl.
(1999-12-29)

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