The Complex Truths about Copying

by Maryland Institute College of Art

The Complex Truths about Copying is an open discussion space about knockoffs, design appropriation, and plagiarism. As we all know, copying is bad for many reasons: stealing someone else’s creativity without permission is wrong, copying violates the ethics of creativity, and cheap fakes make it more difficult for designers to sell more expensive originals to make a living. But copying can make products more accessible to shoppers who cannot afford luxury goods. Copying can also be a means for creative people to appropriate dominant corporate languages and transform their meaning. Therefore, you can see here different points of view about copying and originality.


Gold in Poster and Brochure Design 2022, Student

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Xizhong Zhang

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Maryland Institute College of Art

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