Copying other organizations' activities sounds like industrial espionage to some people, but the truth is that benchmarking is perfectly legal and ethical.
Listening, not imitation, may be the sincerest form of flattery.
Imitation lies at the root of most human actions. A respectable person is one who conforms to custom. People are called good when they do as others do.
Fashion is something barbarous for it produces innovation without reason and imitation without benefit.
Most people are other people. Their thoughts are someone else's opinions, their lives a mimicry, their passions a quotation.