We hear many times that these days too many films are being copied from Hollywood. Others say that they were always copied but we are hearing more because the world is more connected. Well, it is true we were always inspired. Even Phalke, the father of Indian cinema, has freely admitted that he was inspired a foreign film. But, did people know about it? My guess is that educated people who saw foreign films always knew. Here is a sample from an issue of Filmfare (August 8, 1952).
So, are more inspired now? To answer this question, somebody has to produce a list of all the inspired films ever. That has not been done yet.