Is imitation is the highest form of flattery?

Some say that imitation is the highest form of flattery. At least in China this is a way to show respect for ones work in the sense that the work is so good that it would be a shame to change it.Ethical?

I like respect, especially when it comes my way. A blogsite like this one is bound to get quoted, links sent around and so on. That is good. Like this entry here about global warming I wrote a few days ago. It was quoted on another blogsite and that is cool.

Then there is the dark side of appreciation. The funny thing is that when I saw this I was happy and thought that it is cool that some one is quoting my blog. My new found happiness soon turned sour when I was that there was no quote, no reference to this blogsite. The person who put my entire entry (this one) only did one thing. He changed the title and put it onto his website under “news”. Here is a screenshotarr if the site gets changed after this entry appears. That is called making someone´s else work their own.

Reminds me a bit of this example I wrote about earlier today. What a coincidence that the person mentioned there (Vilhjalmur Vilhjalmsson) is a lawyer, then the Logos law firm issue in the same entry, and now this new site also a law firm.

The sad part is that the lawyer in question was the legal representative for Smáís. Smáís is the Icelandic equivalent of the MPAA (Motion Picture Association of America) and RIAA (Recording Industry Assosiation of America). Here is a quote from website (see link above) SMAIS serves as a vested interest party in many areas of the entertainment industry. This includes lobbyism for laws and regulations (of copyrights), fighting the state controlled censorship issues and collaborating on various issues for the interest of the local members.”

Is it something they learn in law school or is it just pure arrogance that allows so many to steal the works of others and claim them as their own? In this case a simple quote would have been sufficient, and flattering. The really sorry part is that this particular lawyer Hróbjartur Jónatansson specialises in copyright law.


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