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Bagging a tea slogan lands agency in hot water

Bagging a tea slogan lands agency in hot water

News   •   Mar 23, 2017 08:37 +08

The corrupting power of idea theft

The corrupting power of idea theft

News   •   Mar 10, 2017 08:48 +08

Even politics is not immune to idea theft. While political parties generally try to attract voters by being different from other parties, sometimes adopting the policies of others and calling them your own is a better strategy.

Stealing ideas for TV shows - that’s reality!

Stealing ideas for TV shows - that’s reality!

News   •   Mar 08, 2017 08:36 +08

Good ideas can make or break a TV show - especially in reality TV. So it's no wonder writers are tempted to copy ideas from already successful shows. But does that make it right?

After 25 years, a fly in U2’s anointment

After 25 years, a fly in U2’s anointment

News   •   Mar 06, 2017 08:44 +08

Rock band U2 is being sued by guitarist Paul Rose for ripping off his sound for their hit track The Fly.

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Pitch fees: don’t bank on them

News   •   Mar 03, 2017 08:58 +08

Advertising agencies have long asked prospective clients to pay pitch fees, to compensate them for the time and effort that goes into creating pitches - even if they end up unsuccessful. Singapore's Central Provident Fund is now offering such fees. In general, we don't advocate pitch fees because it could reduce your claim to compensation if you lose a pitch, but your ideas are used anyway.

Standing Rock a sitting duck for intellectual property thieves

Standing Rock a sitting duck for intellectual property thieves

News   •   Mar 03, 2017 08:30 +08

T-shirt designs to support native Americans in the Dakota Access Pipeline dispute are themselves subject of dispute, with lots of rip offs jumping onto the bandwagon.

Google-Uber stoush shows the importance of being in the driver’s seat of your ideas

Google-Uber stoush shows the importance of being in the driver’s seat of your ideas

News   •   Feb 28, 2017 08:48 +08

There are lessons for anyone with an idea in Google's suit against Uber over self-driving technology.

Stitched up: The fashion industry's culture of appropriation

Stitched up: The fashion industry's culture of appropriation

News   •   Feb 22, 2017 08:52 +08

The fashion industry is particularly rife with idea theft. Better PitchMark your designs before you pitch them to a fashion design house.

Seven ways to protect your ideas. Or is it eight?

Seven ways to protect your ideas. Or is it eight?

News   •   Feb 21, 2017 08:02 +08

Borrowed jokes: Idea theft is no laughing matter

Borrowed jokes: Idea theft is no laughing matter

News   •   Feb 18, 2017 18:40 +08

Comedian Conan O'Brien is defending himself against claims by another comedian that he stole his jokes.

How to avoid a bun fight over your original ideas

How to avoid a bun fight over your original ideas

News   •   Feb 08, 2017 10:38 +08

What the controversy over Donald Trump's inauguration cake tells us about idea theft.

Do idea theft prevention measures you read about online really work?

Do idea theft prevention measures you read about online really work?

News   •   Sep 09, 2016 09:22 +08

You can find many articles online giving good advice on how to prevent idea theft. But how effective are they really?

Is it idea theft when the keeper of KFC's secret recipe actually reveals it?

Is it idea theft when the keeper of KFC's secret recipe actually reveals it?

News   •   Sep 07, 2016 09:26 +08

Colonel Harland Sanders' nephew hands a newspaper reporter a scrap book, which includes a handwritten note of the 11 secret herbs and spices. If you were the creator of the next KFC, how would you prevent this happening to you?

Is it idea theft when you give someone an idea without expecting compensation?

Is it idea theft when you give someone an idea without expecting compensation?

News   •   Aug 08, 2016 23:03 +08

A Florida-based advertising agency creates a mock campaign for the Libertarian candidate in the US presidential election, and promptly saw Gary Johnson's campaign use it ...without compensation.

Warner Brothers to face the music of "Kong: Skull Island" idea theft claim

Warner Brothers to face the music of "Kong: Skull Island" idea theft claim

News   •   Aug 08, 2016 13:29 +08

A suit against Warner Bros has taken another step forward, with a Los Angeles Court reportedly rejecting the studio's bid to evade a claim by artist Joe DeVito.

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Instagram copying Snapchat: is this really idea theft?

News   •   Aug 04, 2016 09:10 +08

Instagram copies what Snapchat is doing, Snapchat is immitating Instagram. Some commentators suggest this is idea theft. But is it really, or is copying just standard practise when you catch up with competitors?

SMU pay-to-pitch scandal adds to ad agency woes

SMU pay-to-pitch scandal adds to ad agency woes

News   •   Aug 03, 2016 09:09 +08

In what is fast becoming the "pay-to-pitch" scandal, Singapore Management University has asked advertising agencies wanting to win their creative, digital and media business to pay S$100 just to take part in the tender. But paying for tenders is just one of several issues agencies face in their day-to-day work. Having their ideas stolen is another.