Plagiarism is the sincerest form of flattery

Haje Jan Kamps

Back in 2014, I came across a Kickstarter project that seems pretty similar to Triggertrap Ada. Their video is in part recreating what we did for ours, and the app they created does look remarkably similar to Triggertrap Mobile. Today, the same company launched another campaign on Kickstarter. Guess what…

Pretty cheeky, I figured, but when I looked at their ‘supported cameras’ list, I just had to laugh; They’re not even trying anymore…

Hey, I do wonder what that ‘TT’ stands for.

Of course, their copyright infringement isn’t limited to the Kickstarter project, they have copied our compatibility list on their website, too:

Ooh look; there’s another 330TT in the list.

And when I checked the site again today — more than two years later, prompted by discovering the new Kickstarter campaign — guess what I found?

Well look at that — the A330TT is back!

In case you were wondering: Yes, the TT in ‘330TT‘ stands for ‘Triggertrap’. I know that, because that camera doesn’t exist. I made it up. Why? Well, it actually took us a significant amount of time and effort to compile our camera compatibility lists, and we spend a lot of time keeping it up to date. To ensure nobody just nicks it, we included a couple of ‘trap streets‘ so we are able to prove copyright infringement.

I figured the ‘TT’ was too obvious for infringers, and that they would be too clever to copy such a glaring admission onto their own site, but I guess people’s capacity to impress me with their stupidity will continue to grow.

Oh well; they do say that imitation is the sincerest form of flattery, so I’ll just choose to be flattered.

Haje Jan Kamps

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Helping startups for a living and taking photos for fun.

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