The Musings Of An Opinionated Sod [Help Me Grow!]

If Imitation Is The Sincerest Form Of Flattery, Is Duplication The Equivalent Of A Marriage Proposal?

So today was supposed to be the APSOTW results, but I’m still waiting on one more bit of feedback. I really, really hope that will come in soon so we can put everything out next week.


Fortunately, I can fill this post with something else …

Not as good – or as wanted – as the APSOTW feedback, but pretty mind blowing all the same.

When I lived in China, there was an unspoken rule that if a company did something successful, there would be hundreds of copycats in the blink of an eye.

I wrote about this a bunch of times with possible this one being the finest example of it.

Well, while it hasn’t happened quickly and it’s only been copied once, it has come to my attention that a planner in China has paid me the ultimate compliment by blatantly copying my old blog header [designed by Jill] for their own thing … including the name of it.

Take a look at this …

I suppose I should be offended but I think it’s bloody fantastic … though I do worry about the ramifications for this persons career.

Not because someone who is paid to have original thought has shown they would rather steal, but because to openly and publicly associate with Queen, Birkenstock, Nottingham Forest and me is basically ruinous.

This is not the reason why I haven’t mentioned their name in this post – though if you work in advertising in Shanghai, you might recognize this senior positioned, big named agency planner by her face – it’s because their posts are way better than mine [even they draw the line at copying them] and I don’t want to lose the last 3 people on here who come along to insult me.

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Genius. She even puts your blog address on it. Is it about sharing the credit or the definition of defiance?

Comment by Pete

its lost in fucking translation.

Comment by andy@cynic

The shamelessness of China. But as you say Robert, the ultimate compliment.

Comment by George

china is fucking nothing. have you seen the shamelessness of campbell turning up to work each day just to write this fucking blog boillocks.

Comment by andy@cynic

China never ceases to amaze me.

Comment by Lee Hill

This is brilliant. I’m already a fan of hers.

Comment by Bazza

She highlights a source of bad social content before giving her views on good stuff. An old trick but, in this case, a very effective one.

Comment by John

Low bar though.

Comment by Bazza

Are you suggesting that her taking this blog’s name is setting a low bar?

Comment by John

who the fuck would do this except a fucking mental. you say theyre a planner? proves my fucking point.

Comment by andy@cynic

But her blog is better than Rob’s……..

Comment by Northern

And I’ve done it!! Sorry!!!

Comment by Northern

This is the best thing I’ve read this week. Or in the case of this blog, all decade.

Comment by DH

can you share the link to it? would love to read it.

Comment by A

Lost for words …

When I was in China, I started to compile a list of words for which there was no apparent direct translation into Mandarin, such as ‘Customer service’, ‘Preventive maintenance’, “Quality Control’.

I should now add ‘Intellectual Property’.

Comment by Ian Gee

And taste.

Comment by DH

I think it’s four now I’m back…

Comment by Rob (Other one)

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