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Less original: Team Y&R

Agency: Team Y&R

Creative Director:  Shahir Ahmed

Country: UAE

The above example is featured in Communicate magazine, June 2006. Issue: 18. Page: 32. Special Report on Cannes 2006.

It also got published in Arab Ad magazine, August 2008. Vol. 18, No. 8, Page: 38.

This was actually used as a self promotion ad!!! And was submitted to Cannes Lions and other regional and local creativity awards!!! It seems that plagiarizers will stop at nothing; the end justifies the means; and it is all because we let them get away with it…Not anymore.

Lateral Thinking: When a low probability line of thought leads to an effective idea, there is a “Eureka” moment and at once the low-probability approach acquires the highest probability. – Edward De Bono. Excerpt from a book by John Townsend & Jacques Favier titled The Creative Manager’s Pocketbook. Page: 2. ISBN: 1-870471-69-5.

A copycat is a person that mimics or repeats the behavior of another. The term is often derogatory, suggesting a lack of originality. The expression may derive from kittens that learned by imitating the behaviors of their mothers. – Wikipedia.

Plagiarism: The abuse of another’s original work by copying it and passing it off as one’s own. As defined in Alastair Campbell book titled The Designer’s Lexicon. Page: 293 ISBN: 0-304-35505-4.

“Imitation is the sincerest form of thievery” excerpt from a book by Capsule titled Design Matters. Page: 84. ISBN -13:978-1-59253-341-1.

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