How Could a Copycat Ever be Creative

@inproceedings{Hofstadter1994HowCA,
  title={How Could a Copycat Ever be Creative},
  author={Douglas Richard Hofstadter},
  year={1994}
}
Can there be any doubt that to call someone a ‘copycat’ is a taunt? Surely, copycats do nothing more than mechanical mimicry. Surely, a copycat could never be creative. After all, how could merely doing the same thing as someone else ever be original? 

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