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Posted 1/3/15

Phersu wrote:

whatever else you can think of. Be original, man.


This cracked me up.
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If a person chooses to copy another person, there's really nothing to say that their actions are somehow not theirs. Sure, they might be inspired by an outside influence, but the decisions they make and the things they do are still theirs. If someone decides to go along with a recent trend or to accompany some friends on a night out, that isn't being fake: it's a action stemming from a genuine desire to fit in. There's nothing inherently better about being different from everyone else. The simple truth is that many people place more value on being part of a group. That doesn't make them insincere on untrue to themselves: in fact, it might be more "fake" of such people to try and shun others in order to "redefine" themselves into someone else. At the end of the day, human beings are self-interested. It follows from that that if one pursues one's own interests, then one is being genuine, no matter what those interests may be. "Fakes" are far less common than the internet - which is largely occupied by introverted, individualistic people, who are more likely to value independent thinking - takes them to be.

My views on plagiarism are quite different, though. It's one thing to be inspired by someone else's work and to strive to make something in a similar vein in hopes of delivering the same experience to others. It's quite another to just take credit for it and be done with it. With the entertainment world as saturated as it is with so many different things, it can be difficult to come up with something legitimately "unique", but it's important to have these patterns of sameness around: sometimes we look for something new, but often, all we want is to have a similar experience to one we've had already. Like it or not, it's a powerful urge, and the industry picks up on that. I have no problem with sameness, and am happy to leave those who seek it to enjoy themselves doing so. What I do take issue with is the unabridged theft of someone else's ideas. Sameness is a good thing, but so is uniqueness, and to attempt to reap the rewards of someone else's novel or well-executed project, rather than imitating them and letting your own ideas saturate the piece in the process, is opportunistic, and one thing that I would consider truly fake.
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Posted 1/3/15
your right. their may not be many original thoughts or ideas out there anymore, but isn't it nice when you come across one
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When someone copies me, I want to punch them out cold. Does that make me a bad person? I like to think it doesn't.
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Things such as above? This is bad. Korean companies frequently imitate Japanese products whilst blatantly ignoring copyright laws. These imitation products have made their way into international markets and have immensely hindered Japanese profits in the confectionary industry. Admittedly, these imitations taste exactly the same as the original. But will I buy these fakes? No.



These people think they're being original by renaming Japan's 16-Tea (Juuryoku-cha) to... "17-Tea." Imbeciles.
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saksiss wrote:

When someone copies me, I want to punch them out cold. Does that make me a bad person? I like to think it doesn't.


Sounds like you don't like yourself!
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Posted 1/3/15 , edited 1/3/15
Ideas don't pop out fully formed from the head a la Athena.

Instead they replicate and proliferate (meme culture) and in doing such change and mutate or, via synthesis and decomposition, are affected and sometimes merged with other ideas to create even more new ideas. It's like how genetics works except at an insanely rapid rate comparatively.


There's a lot of new development in this study and understanding of how creativity works.

Some people think it's super awesome, and should be encouraged (I think these are those mentally handicapped people who think "NEW SHINY" means that something is the greatest thing EVAR, until, of course, it isn't), and some saying it's evil (that ideas spreading also means bad ideas spread, so OH NOES!!!! we should shut down the internets!!!). I personally sit in between (idea proliferation and the genetic/memetic similarities are true, but some caution needs to be in place as to what we encourage or share. For he most part, bad ideas drop out, but at the same time, the internet leaking is never a good thing)
Posted 1/3/15
People who are fakes, copycats or imitators are boring, dull and plain. They're the type of people I really hate.

Objects which are fakes are not as good as the original. It doesn't matter if they look the same or if they are an identical copy of the first.

What I'm trying to say is that it's better to have the actual thing rather than a clone of it's self.

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Fakers and copycats, they're everywhere. A person can easily come out and say they were the original of this but wouldn't have any strong evidence because there are too many fakers and copycats out there who have already claimed what they have taken as their own. It has come to the point where emoticons and symbols being used in someone's profile means that it belongs to that user when in fact it doesn't belong to anyone.
Posted 1/3/15

forkberry wrote:



Things such as above? This is bad. Korean companies frequently imitate Japanese products whilst blatantly ignoring copyright laws. These imitation products have made their way into international markets and have immensely hindered Japanese profits in the confectionary industry. Admittedly, these imitations taste exactly the same as the original. But will I buy these fakes? No.



These people think they're being original by renaming Japan's 16-Tea (Juuryoku-cha) to... "17-Tea." Imbeciles.


Krrrrrrr, having a moment? xD
Posted 1/3/15
Originality is dead.
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Posted 1/3/15

OrangeAipom wrote:


saksiss wrote:

When someone copies me, I want to punch them out cold. Does that make me a bad person? I like to think it doesn't.


Sounds like you don't like yourself!


Ding ding ding. We have a winner!
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Back in the 1990s when I ran several anime fan websites, some people did just take stuff (graphics, sayings) from my site and then use it on theirs.

It's annoying, but flattering at the same time.

What am I gonna do, claim copyright on a fan work? LOL
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Posted 1/3/15
Not a big deal?
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My online special snowflake enemy knew I was volunteering at the animal shelter and then she volunteered at I believe a no kill shelter near her too. Excuse me while i gag at how fucking idiotic this person is.

I don't like them. No originality, no work, no nothing, you know I understand basing something on a preexisting concept but outright copying it is just… gross. Except in the case of digital downloading. That I am okay with. I'm talking creative ideas here, not replicating files and uploading them to torrent sites.
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