Plagiarism Gone Nuts.

Plagiarism is nothing new, so I guess I shouldn’t really be shocked by this latest example from the Lebanese advertising industry. Following the shocking ripping off of a Nina Ricci campaign, some agencies are now busy ripping off public service announcements. From campaigns that started as far back as 1987. As anyone who’s involved in anything remotely creative knows, plagiarism is really the worst form of flattery.

The Copy

The Original

4 Responses to “Plagiarism Gone Nuts.”

  1. Karim M
    January 12, 2011 at 5:03 pm #

    I don’t think that this is necessarily plagiarism. It’s an awareness campaign. I have dealt with many awareness campaigns in medical school and in international meetings. It’s all about sharing ideas and re-adapting those that exist to suit your local population. All I see is one national anti-drug agency sharing what they have with another national anti-drug agency. Could it be possible that the Lebanese agency commissioned this particular ad since it was found to be successful? I know that the Lebanese government receives U.S. government money for campaigns such as this one. This could be the direct result of that.

  2. Missayah
    January 12, 2011 at 5:57 pm #

    Whatever Karim M. It is what it is = Plagiarism.

  3. Ghas
    January 13, 2011 at 10:10 pm #

    And what did you expect from this hole! Creativity! How can people dream to be creative?

    Beirut is not an inspiring city for creators, except for ugly haute couture and snobbish Lifestylers

    Many creations are plagiarized, especially ads. Lebanese are wannabes; they live is Beirut but talk French / English.. NOT Arabic! They want to look like westerners and offended when we tell them you’re Arab or look like one! They have a major inferiority complex towards the west with a racist – superiority complex towards Arabs or other third nations .

  4. Hamed Sinno
    January 28, 2011 at 12:07 pm #

    Ghas do the world a favor and stop making generalizations about the lebanese. They also speak three languages because its just whats taught here. spare us the pseudo-nationalism.

    Tangentially, the ad sucks, and bites while doing so.

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