Copy of something is considered to be just that. Whatever you use to represent the copy is considered to be that exact same Ninja Card. therefore you must meet all requirements needed to play copy.
It's a really simple concept that I think it getting blow up. This is a ccg with rules/mechanics/regulations, you need to get a firmer grasp of the basic game mechanics. You can't get around those basic rules with bad attempts at adding terminology to the game.