I’m always amused by the arguments people make to avoid saying they stole. They were “inspired by” or “paying homage to.” They “borrowed liberally” or “copyright infringed,” but they never stole. I know (before you reply with a thousand comments) that there are differences, but at the end of the day you’re playing semantics. Did you take something (including a copy) without paying or giving credit? Yep, then you stole.
P.A. ANNOUNCER: He's safe! He's safe! Good Lord, I can't believe he just stole third!
P.A. ANNOUNCER: Uh oh, here comes Jesus out of the dugout and he does not look happy.
PLAYER: Quick, call me out! Say I borrowed or copyright infringed--anything but stole!