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Post Reply Copy Cats, Imitations, and Fakes
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How do you feel about those who merely copy others? People whose ideals are even imitations of those around them? Are you a copy cat? Are fakes and imitations just as good as the original if they are indistinguishable?

I'm looking at you, Emiya!




I'm of the opinion that they're the same value.
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who u callin copy cat
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Sogno- wrote:

who u callin copy cat


Emiya Shiro. Kaiki. You. Batman.
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As they say, imitation is the sincerest form of flattery.

This is also pretty broad. Are you talking about mimicry in artistic senses and full blown plagiarism or just copying lifestyles, mannerisms, general ideas, and other things?
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I guess it depends, but normally it's pretty hard to copy something perfectly, leading me to the opinion that they can't be of the exact value unless they are both just as good to you, differences and all. I don't know, I guess I don't think copy-cats really exist or matter that much, because even if they are a copycat, if the original is better than it doesn't even matter, and if the "copy-cat" is better than are they really copying?
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KisaiGate wrote:

As they say, imitation is the sincerest form of flattery.

This is also pretty broad. Are you talking about mimicry in artistic senses and full blown plagiarism or just copying lifestyles, mannerisms, general ideas, and other things?


All of those things, and whatever else you can think of. Be original, man.



emzzy1 wrote:

I guess it depends, but normally it's pretty hard to copy something perfectly, leading me to the opinion that they can't be of the exact value unless they are both just as good to you, differences and all. I don't know, I guess I don't think copy-cats really exist or matter that much, because even if they are a copycat, if the original is better than it doesn't even matter, and if the "copy-cat" is better than are they really copying?


Dude, do you even Unlimited Blade Works?
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emzzy1 wrote:

I guess it depends, but normally it's pretty hard to copy something perfectly, leading me to the opinion that they can't be of the exact value unless they are both just as good to you, differences and all. I don't know, I guess I don't think copy-cats really exist or matter that much, because even if they are a copycat, if the original is better than it doesn't even matter, and if the "copy-cat" is better than are they really copying?


Dude, do you even Unlimited Blade Works?


Haha, sorry, I mean this all when I'm talking about music, art, etc.
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If we're going on like that, all I can really say is there is a reason people copy things. General information that is useful is copied and redistributed. Rare art is copied in print to study the artist's methods or historical significance. Some artists trace over other works to get a feel for techniques used in lineart so they can derive from what they learned and improve their own style (when it's done properly anyway.) Someone being a "copy cat" is simply just doing what survival oriented minds are programmed to do - considering human beings simply copied techniques used by other humans in a pinch to survive during the old days.

In this sense, there is nothing wrong with a copy. It crosses the line when one tries to pass off a copy as their own, when you get down to plagiarism and all, but that is also technically a construct of academic society, which in itself is a copy of ideas that allow us to peacefully co-exist without sending us back to the stone age.

No, but seriously, don't plagiarize, that's not cool.
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Copying someone boosts the economy.

person A - Buys a nice car

Person B sees person A with said nice car and says "i want one too".

Person B buys said nice car

Person C...etc.
Posted 1/2/15
Imitation may be the greatest form of flattery, but flattery isn't something to be aiming for to begin with. All that says really is that you're too lazy or unable to come up with something original. While everyone does that , be it the latest hairstyle or fashion on the red carpet or anything trendy (and I implicitly include subcultures in my implication) , its all systematized decadence. No, I'm not suggesting we all dress like Lady GaGa, (not only would that be murder-worthy but not original, thanks to the Monster) but just be original and get there with hard work. The person/people you admire chances are may like you more, and you'll like yourself more.
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Nobody knows what it means to be original any more.
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Originality died before any of us were born
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After-market controllers are never as good as the originals, but for older consoles you may not have a choice.
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Nah no fake friends, where your real friends at?
Posted 1/3/15
Copy up or copy down?
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