Not a bad article. The author seems unbiased. I never agreed with the notion that homages harm the sales of the originals - people who buy homages either want to try the look before buying the original or they want the look but can't or wouldn't pay for the original. I don't think it's ever a matter of "I want and can buy the original, but hey perhaps I'll just get the homage and save some money".
An excellent article that covers every angle on the debate and leaves a few questions open where appropriate. The point about 'respect for the original' is important even though there is probably no clear line that can be drawn.
Here is my favourite homage (made by the same company that produced the original back in the 1960s/70s):
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