Category Archives: Copycat

It took Lowe MENA four years to copy Paragon Marketing Communications awarded work

Client: Mix FM

Agency: Paragon Marketing Communications

Creative Director: Louai Alasfahani

Country: Kuwait

Year: 2008

Advertising Agency: Lowe MENA, Dubai
Creative Director: Marwan Saab
Art Directors: Pramod Surwase, Prashant Yeware
Copywriter: Marwan Saab
Account Handlers: Maram Salah
Executive Business Director: Irfan Fatmi

Country: UAE – Dubai

Year: 2012

Global voice roaming

Invisible creativity visible copycats and cliche

Client: Salvation Army

Country: Canada

The above (By Leo Burnett Lebanon) just won Bronze at the 2012 Cannes Lions 59th International Festival of Creativity!!!

In public parks, where kids play freely with or without their parents, we placed a man camouflaged in the surrounding settings of the park. The actor, who was told to sit on a bench without moving, was labelled by flyers all around the park and beside him, explaining that ‘Predators are Everywhere’, even in the safest of places. Kids and moms approach the stunt with curiosity and playfulness. Once they discovered the flyer, and the content was absorbed, mother and child then entered into discussions, so that the parent may explain things in a manner that could be easily understood by the children.
Advertiser HIMAYA
Type of Entry: Best Campaign
Category: Best Integrated Campaign Led by PR
Advertiser/Client: HIMAYA


Name Company Position
Bechara Mouznnar Leo Burnett Beirut Chief Creative Director
Malek Ghorayeb Leo Burnett Beirut Executive Creative Direcor
Areej Mahmoud Leo Burnett Beirut Creative Director
Charbel Sawane Leo Burnett Beirut Senior Art Director
Krystel Hoche Leo Burnett Beirut Senior Art Director
Marya Ghazzaoui Leo Burnett Beirut Art Director
Salem Habbous Leo Burnett Beirut Copywriter
Tania Saleh Leo Burnett Beirut Copywriter
Nada Abi Saleh Leo Burnett Beirut Deputy Managing Director
Michel Haddad Leo Burnett Beirut Communication Executive
Line Abou Nasr Starcom Media Vest Group Media Manager
Samer Choueiry Leo Burnett Beirut Head Of Digital Department
Mariah Ghazzaoui Leo Burnett Beirut Art Director

Client: Khimji’s Watches – Oris


Country: Oman

Published in Business Today on June 2012


Invisible originality / Pas Vu, Pas Pris?

Невидимый плагиат

Source: Saatchi & Saatchi лажают

It was used as art by Liu Bolin’s famous camouflage artwork, as ads for charity, as ambient media and in the latest Sherlock Holmes movie now in a theatre near you.

Released: March 2008
Advertiser: United Nations
Brand name: Unicef (United Nations International Children’s Emergency Fund)
Product: Unicef (United Nations International Children’s Emergency Fund)
Agency: Ogilvy & Mather, Shanghai
Country: China

Credits & Description:

Title: Staircase
Client: Unicef
Agency: Shanghai Ogilvy & Mather Advertising / shanghai
Art Director: Kevin Lee, Haibo Huang, Phoebe Liao, Stephen Zhong
Creative Director: Kevin Lee, Fan Ng
Illustrator: Haohui Zhou, Bin liu, Spring Zhu, Chaowen Wu, Jinghua Pan
Writer: Adams Fan, Derek Huang, Raymond Yung, Andrew Lok

The Outdoor Advert titled Staircase was done by Ogilvy & Mather, Shanghai advertising agency for product: Unicef (United Nations International Children’s Emergency Fund) (brand: Unicef (United Nations International Children’s Emergency Fund)) in China. It was released in the Mar 2008.


Advertiser: Nokia Corporation
Brand name: Nokia
Product: Nokia Phonethics
Agency: JWT Manila
Country: Philippines
Category: Mobile TelephonePublic Safety, Health & Hygiene
Released: April 2009
Credits & Description:

Executive Creative Director: Dave Ferrer
Creative Director: Dave Ferrer/Tay Guan Hin
Copywriter: Rachel Villanueva
Art Director: Katrina Encanto
Account Manager: Henrique Uy
Account Supervisor: Golda Roldan/Iea Nepomuceno
Photographer: Wesley Villarica

The Print Ad titled BODY PAINT SCHOOLBOY was done by JWT Manila advertising agency for product: Nokia Phonethics (brand: Nokia) in Philippines. It was released in the Apr 2009.


More examples from the art arena…Born in France, but based in California Jean-Paul Bourdier places the human form into the natural elements and using a combination of light, paint and artistic vision merges and seamlessly blends them together.

Follow this link for more visual examples in art


Rumors confirmed, Safir Hotel Chit Chat logo is a 10 year old copycat

What a coincidence, same country (Kuwait), same industry (Restaurant), Similar name, same logo (you can clearly tell that it is traced from Rumors), one more thing, the Marketing Guru Mustafa Mansour who works for Safir Hotel (chit chat logo) used to work for Paragon and he is very familiar with the Rumors logo, so please do not even dare to mention conicedence or telepathy.

In the ideas business,how could the industry evolve if IP is not protected, how could a logo function as a tool for differentiation if anyone can copy and use it.


Client: Rumores Restaurant and Coffee shop (Mr. Maher Shofi)

Agency: Paragon Marketing Communications

Designer: Hami Alasfahani

Account executive: Mustafa Mansour

Year: 2002

Here is a link to some additional work we have done for Rumors:


Less original:

Client: Safir Hotels & Residences (Mustafa Mansour)

Agency: In-house

Country: Kuwait

Year: 2012

In Oman, Thinking the same is not good for business

Both ads have been published in the same country in the same newspaper in the same day!!! It would be interesting if they use the same agency 🙂

One of the many functions of advertising is to achieve differentiation, something that both advertisers were unsuccessful in achiving in these examples.

“When everyone is thinking the same, no one is thinking”

Client: Bank Sohar

Country: Oman

Year: 30th of April 2012

Client: e.Oman

Country: Oman

Year: 30th of April 2012

cliché (from French, klɪ’ʃe) is a phrase, expression, or idea that has been overused to the point of losing its intended force or novelty, especially when at some time it was considered distinctively forceful or novel. – Wikipedia.

Lateral Thinking: When a low probability line of thought leads to an effective idea, there is a “Eureka” moment and at once the low-probability approach acquires the highest probability. – Edward De Bono. Excerpt from a book by John Townsend & Jacques Favier titled The Creative Manager’s Pocketbook. Page: 2. ISBN: 1-870471-69-5.


JWT india copies JWT Kuwait awarded entery

Designer: Anes Al Rayes

Agency: JWT

Country: Kuwait

Year: April – 2011

The above artwork won the first young creative challenge where the winners won a full expensis trip to the 2011 Cannes Lions . her is the link IAA Kuwait 1st Creative Challenge winners announced

Advertising Agency: JWT, Chennai, India
National Creative Director: Senthil Kumar
Senior Creative Director: Priya S
Copywriter: Prakash
Art Director: Gous Basha
Photographer: Arun Natarajan
Retoucher: Sivakumar
Published: March 2012

Impact BBDO Lebanon scrolls the MENA Grand Crystal with a copy cat from JWT Chile!!!

“Only the background moves, but the idea always remain the same! And a Grand Cristal (at Mena Awards) to this unconventional but not-so-original idea.” – Joe Lampompe.

Ford Outfitters / Scrolling Billboard – 2007
Source : Adsoftheworld, Media Lions,
Agency : JWT Santiago (Chile)

Audi Q7 / Scrolling Billboard with car sticker on glass – 2010
Source : AdsoftheworldMENA Awards Grand Cristal!
Agency : Impact BBDO Beirut (Lebanon)

Source: Same (creative) Mecanism / (dé)roule ma poule!


JWT Dubai Hits the break on creativity and accelerates copy cat ads

“Ok this example is not brand new, but it’s quite stunning. Is it a “clear” case of parallel thinking or a speed copycat? Who knows… one thing is sure : the 2 ideas and executions are very very similar.” – Joe Lepompe.

New Honda Storm – 2007
Tagline : “With high poerformance brake system”
Source : Cannes Archive Online,
Agency : Euro RSCG Buenos Aires (Argentina)

Mercedes C-Class – 2008
Headline : “With brake assist system BAS Plus” 
Source : Dubaï LYNX BRONZE
Agency : JWT Dubaï (UAE)

Source of both examples: A sharp lookalike / Une nette ressemblance!

For DDB Dubai, copy cat ads and winning dubai lynx silver are a piece of cake

“Finding original, simple and visual ideas is definitely not a piece of cake nowadays! The funny thing here is that both chose a “black-forest”. Isn’t that the icing on the cake?” – Joe Lapompe.

Finish – 2009
“what you eat shouldn’t smell like what you ate”
Source : New York Festivals Merit
Agency : Euro RSCG Gurgaon (India)

Glad Cling Wrap – 2011
“Let it taste the way it should”
Source : Adsoftheworld
Agency : DDB Dubaï (UAE)

Source of both examples: Piece of fish-cake / Ma part du gâteau (créatif)

And as usual the copycat wins at Dubai Lynx (this one got Silver in 2011 – Print category)…

Source: CAKE



Dirty copycat by Dubai Team Young & Rubicam gets washed out by Joe Lepompe

“An advertising concept to take away? Wash after wash… the colors don’t fade away and it always remains the same idea.” – Joe Lapompe.

Aqualtis (Indesit) Washing Machine / Bag – 2007
Source : Cannes Archive Online
Agency : Leo Burnett Milan (Italy)

LG Washing Machine / Bag – 2011
Source : AdsoftheworldAdForumDubaï LYNX SILVER
Agency : Young & Rubicam Dubaï (UAE)

Source of both examples: Not so clean as it looks / C’est du propre!

The following is the full page of Communicate magazine (specilizing in the IMC industry) interviweing the founder of Team Young & Rubicam (also CEO of Menacom which is the holding company for Team Y&R Dubai and other countries)

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Euro RSCG Morocco stinking copycat from the last century

“While most of the agencies are trying to define the future of the ad industry, some agencies are still recycling ideas from the last century…” – Joe Lampompe.

Shoe deodorant – 1998
Source : Cannes Archive,
Agency : McCann (Brazil)

AlpenArena – 2003
Source : Cannes Archive Online,
Director : Leo Burnett Zurich (Switzerland)

Enough walking? Auto loans Eqdom– 2011
Source : Adsoftheworld,
Agency : Euro RSCG Casablanca (Morocco)

Source of all three examples: Idea from the last century / Coup de pompes

These ads follow in the foot steps of the washing machine ads with the cloths hanging out as a tongue.

Here is a twist on the same “Original” and “Creative” idea….