Imitation is the (in)sincerest form of flattery


Regular readers and listeners know that until recently I was producing two podcasts for The Podcast Network (TPN). I decided to take both shows off that network and take them independent due to some philosophical differences with TPN. No big deal, hosts weren’t making money on TPN anyway. Imagine my surprise when I see a TPN press release this morning about their new deal with Australian wireless provider Azure Wireless:

Podcast subscribers can now get access to their favourite shows while away from home thanks to a new service launched today by Azure Wireless, the leading Australian provider of high-speed wireless Internet services, and The Podcast Network (TPN), the world’s leading publisher of professional podcasts.

Cameron Reilly, Co-Founder of TPN, said that this service was another major milestone in the history of podcasting as it was the first alliance between a publisher of podcast content and a network provider.

“Business travelers can now get low-cost access to their favourite TPN podcasts through using a special Azure account at any of their 400+ hotspots across Australia. This brings podcasting one step closer to the immediacy of traditional radio,” he said.

The initial pricing for the new Wireless Podcast service will be $10 for 150MB and $20 for 400MB (ex GST).

David Gold, CEO of Azure Wireless, said:
“We see it as a step towards converged media and wireless Internet services which will ultimately have a profound impact on the way information is propagated. This service will be particularly suitable for busy people who, for example, would like to catch up with a business or sports show while in transit. It takes under a minute to download a 15-minute show so with wi-fi enabled devices such as PDAs you can even do it while walking through a hotzone.”

Now, first of all, if you look closely at the logo above you will see the new service is called “TPN On The Run”. Sound familiar? I have been using the “OnTheRun” branding for a couple of years now and I guess TPN and Azure liked it well enough to use it too. I’m flattered. Second of all, what benefits does this new service bring to podcast listeners? Maybe it’s an Australian thing but if I’m not mistaken TPN shows are freely available on the Web already. Why would anyone want a WiFi hotspot account that charges for download bandwidth to get TPN content? I really don’t understand this at all, but maybe it’s just me. Seems like any WiFi hotspot service can easily let the customer download TPN content without a special service at all. I’m scratching my head over this one.

As for the slogan “borrowing” I guess it’s true that imitation is the sincerest form of flattery. Even so, it leaves a bad taste in my mouth and makes me wonder- Cameron Reilly once asked me if I had trademarked the phrase “what do you want to write today” that I’ve been using on my Tablet podcasts for a few months. I guess it will appear on TPN next. Sigh.



I think we should agree to disagree and leave it at that. There is nothing to be gained by pursuing it further. Thanks for the kind words about the new show.

Phillip Molly Malone

Hi JK,
You are right, I am not a TPN host and I don’t know why you left (I would if you would state it) but like the commenter “Molly Baloney” said, we all have opinions and until you can change my, I feel free to give my, where and on what topic I feel.

On the name calling, I haven’t called any names (just for the record)(okay, you might say one of the comments in my blog was a calling a name depending on how you read it, personally I think it is more of a description then a name).

But back to the topic at hand, this post, I think you have made a pretty big accusation of the guys over at TPN when you said they “borrowed” (I think you would rather have said stole!) the phrase/name for this service. I put up a post on my blog calling you out, Tracked it to here to give your readers a balanced view (thats one of the beauty’s of the blogoshpere, right). I noticed the Trackback appeared and then was deleted, and made comment about that on my blog as well. I gave you the benefit that you didn’t try to kill the conversation and delete the trackback, and that it might have been a glitch in the system, and pointed it out to you.

All the other comments have been replies to them.

On the negative comments. From memory, they where (correct me if I missed any):
1) Commented that I thought it wasn’t smart taking you podcast out on your own
2) Called you out on this post.
3) Mentioned (as I have on other occasions about other people, listen to my podcast, I mention this about Adam Curry in one (maybe more), that I thought that you should mention in a post you did on Batterygeek that you should mention that they sponsor a show of yours.

Have I missed any? In fact to be honest, I listened to the show over here (something I wasn’t planning on doing) and it wasn’t bad. It was good to here you and Marc back on the air.

Hope that clears things up. And as I said in another comment. At least if I am going to give you my opinion, I do it wide open, with full contact details and not behind a hidden name or email address. Surely that counts for something?



Well, this has degenerated into name calling and opinions based on thin air. Molly, you are not a TPN host and have no idea what you are talking about when you state (over and over) that I am mad because I left TPN just before they started rolling in money. You do not know what you are talking about and since you have no accurate (or any) information about why I left TPN you ought to just let it lie. You have been leaving negative comments on my blog since I left TPN. Why is this such a big deal to you? Why should you even care what I do? If you are not happy with what I do then get over it. Your posts accomplish nothing here except to keep pointing out that you have no information about TPN to base your statements on. I do. Just accept the fact that I am gone from TPN and go about your business as before. Thanks.

Phillip Molly Malone

MOlly Baloney,
Thanks for the comments. Your correct. We all have opinions and we all have assholes (well I hope we do).

At least when I put up my opinions, I put my name behind it (as well as my Asshole) and don’t use fake names and email addresses!


Molly Baloney


You can safely ignore this cornhole.

Even if you read his retarded Blog, he’ll sink back into the abyss of nothingness.

You epitomize the following aphormism-
“Opinions are like assholes… everyone’s got one.”
– Art Blakey

Sit and spin Mate.

Len Egan

James, something is surely fishy here. I sure hope Scotty is wrong. that would really bite!

We all knew that you’ve been On the Run far longer than Cam has!

By the way, my new site,,Shald launch tonight or tomorrow. Check it out!

I was particularly interested to hear the whole story though. No, I’m not whacked. I’ll tell you why sometime.


You think you are sighing now, just wait until their lawyers come after you for using their “on the run” branding. :-(

Sure you’ll have an excellent case, but will you have the money to pay for your defense until you can get your day in court?

$500 on a letter from your lawyer now might save you $$$$$ later.

Good luck, I’d hate to see your blog disappear.

Dave Ciccone

James its very weird to me. I can tell you even during the days of the pocketpc when you were an editor for Barry you coined that phrase 4 years ago at least? Either way when I think of on the run this blog always hits my mind!

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