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Inspiration vs. Imitation

They say imitation is the best form of flattery but in the real world it can mean trouble.

A couple weeks ago, I talked about liking the new American Express commercial with smiley faces.

According to Fast Company, this is actually a ripoff of Francois Robert, who in a legal debate, “was informed that the “idea” of photographing everyday objects to reveal their “human” characteristics couldn’t be copyrighted. Case closed.”

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Ken Carbone, the writer of the article, also points to a few more examples where the inspiration vs. imitation was questioned.

New commercial for Amazon’s Kindle

vs. much viewed and loved Oren Lavie’s beautiful music video, Her Morning Elegance

via Fast Company

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