Tonight, I had the pleasure of heading to Long Beach, New York after a long day of work. I am sitting at Starbucks as I write this and plan on taking a nice walk along the boardwalk, in the rain, afterward. Before I arrived at Starbucks, I made a stop at my favorite ice cream place in the world, Marvel Ice Cream.
If you’re a native Long Islander, than you probably have made the trip to, seen, or heard of this popular destination in Lido Beach.
As I enjoyed my medium-sized vanilla soft serve sundae, topped with hot fudge, marshmallow, and Reece’s Pieces, I began thinking about the concept of Marvel.
Kennedy Fried Chicken Anyone?
When people first here about Marvel Ice Cream, they draw the obvious connection to the popular, Carvel Ice Cream. It’s kind of like seeing a Kennedy Fried Chicken instead of a Kentucky Fried Chicken. It’s not a copyright violation, but clearly a copycat.
Buying a Purse in Chinatown
People buy copycat products all the time. Why spend so much money on a purse at Macy’s in New York City, when you can buy one in Chinatown for a few dollars? Ethics issues, sweatshops, and copyright infringements aside, it’s kinda funny when someone says they purchased a knockoff item in Chinatown.
Original Music vs Cover Music
This led me to think about people who pursue music careers. The public will spend good money to see a cover band, but won’t spend much money to see an original, up-and-coming artist. While some may argue that this is because popular music isn’t good music, I wonder if the masses are just quite content with popular music.
Ego or Cash Flow
So why is it that many singer-songwriters pursue original music and get frustrated when people don’t buy it? Is it because it feels better to the ego to say that you are writing and performing your own music?
Is the copycat more profitable?
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