When it comes to architectural simulacra it’s hard to top the ballsiness of China, where a real-life World Showcase includes convincing replicas of cities like Venice, Paris, and London. Now the copycats have come for the art world, with a knockoff Anish Kapoor’s Cloud Gate sculpture, colloquially known to Chicagoans…
We've heard a lot about the evils of China's booming art copying industry, which hocks inexpensive replicas of everything from Expressionist paintings to priceless Chinese porcelain. But the people who make these perfectly-crafted copies are also artists in their own right—which is perhaps never more clear than when…
In this edition of the Joy of Tech, everyone's an innovator and an unusually snarky Bill Gates gets the final word. Start your photocopiers, indeed! [Joy of Tech]
Looks like the iriver Spinn is the hippest template for shameless plagiarism these days. Not one but two devices, a camera and a PMP, have popped up with obvious "inspiration" from iriver's '70s-influenced baby.
Apparently China isn't the only place where popular logos seem to be mysteriously borrowed by other businesses. You don't have to search too far to find Tokyo security firm Yaroo's inspiration.
In a patent filed this July, Microsoft wanted to stake their claim to a new interface for use on a touchscreen in a mobile device. The patent, entitled "Extensible filtered lists for mobile device user interface" looks kind of familiar… where have I seen it before? Oh, right. It's the iPhone's exact interface.