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grahamcrackercoyote wrote:Not similar enough - obvious idea out there in the aether. AND that's the problem I tried to bring up pre-derby! I predicted this would happen [although didn't mention RamyB by name]. I have been wearing chem-related shirts since the late '70s and there are very few TOTALLY ORIGINAL ideas left. Either Woot allows some latitude or there really is no derby. Note that only one of the spell things with elements shirts has been rejected - probably because it was too similar, but given the number that are out there, you could reject them ALL for being too similar. If a shirt is an obvious copy -spot on plagarism - then it should be rejected even if it was an obvious idea. But it should be a spot on copy, or, again, no derby.
As I noted above, I don't think this is plagiarism; rather, just a case of very similar ideas....There's only so many ways you can do a caffeine structure shirt. That being said, while one can argue about the amount of original ideas still remaining, it's certainly clear that caffeine chemical structure shirts are a frequently used (one might argue overused, but, your mileage may vary) shirt design.
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