Re: Imitation vs. Assimilation (was RE: What a predicament!)

Subject: Re: Imitation vs. Assimilation (was RE: What a predicament!)
From: Bob Perrey <rperrey -at- sbcglobal -dot- net>
To: "TECHWR-L" <techwr-l -at- lists -dot- raycomm -dot- com>
Date: Fri, 01 Mar 2002 14:54:56 -0800

Andrew and others,

In the arts, Leonardo and Mozart were great borrowers. Microsoft, and the DOS it bought, emulated CPM, which in turn emulated UNIX, somewhat, in the command-structure approach. Lotus was an emulator. AMD was an emulator. Most successful browsers stem from Mosaic. I suppose that if a documentor-writer discovers outright lifting of code or theft of patented or copyrighted material, then protesting or resigning is in order. I suppose that if one is uncertain about the propriety of a project in regard to imitation, one could ask for indemnification of some kind from an employer. But in the larger sense, ALMOST ALL technical projects are similar to ones that went before: a Technical Reference Manual is just that, and if you never wrote one, you go find one; an on-line application is like every other one, except in purpose; a vertical-market application is like every other one, with a data-management back-end, order entry, customer lists, inventory, blah-blah. Ask an application programmer: there is ONE master application changed for the client! Laws protect certain levels of innovation, and we should not need to agonize about imitation. Ironically, how many would know a truly new technology innovation, unless it reached out and bit them?

Bob Perrey

At 02:15 PM 03/01/02 -0800, you wrote:

"Earl Cooley" wrote...

> I've always heard that when large megacorps see a
> worthy technology in the wild, when possible, they
> buy the company, and either assimilate it or crush
> it to avoid having to compete with it. Imitation
> costs people points; crush or assimilate is mostly
> just money points.

Its the way of the jungle, man. Eat or be eaten.

Whatever the case, there is nothing wrong (or illegal) with imitation. Lots of
firms imitate competitors. Sometimes imitation is more profitable than

Imitating somebody else's work is normal and legal. Outrightly ripping them off
and passing them off as your own is what's illegal.

Andrew Plato

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