Knockoff News 9
A weekly (or thereabouts) collection of news about counterfeits, fakes, knockoffs, replicas, imitations, and copying in general from around the globe:
- China creates anti-piracy court
- Mexico creates anti-piracy commission
- Is Russia's new anti-piracy bill strong enough?
- U.S. Congress passes anti-counterfeiting bill
- From Powerpuff girls to NBA giants: fakes in the Philippines
- Nike, Adidas doubleteam New York counterfeiters
- Chinese imprison 2,693 pirates
- UK seizes eBay fashion fakes
And British brand Burberry complains that with friends like these, it doesn't need enemies:
The brand's luxury image has been seriously hurt, at least in Britain,by its popularity with chavs, a rowdy working-class subgroup that has taken up the Burberry check as a kind of mass entitlement, tainting its appeal among fashion consumers. One chav Web site, www.chavmum.co.uk brazenly carpets its home page with the tan-and-black plaid [or at least did until Burberry lawyers read the New York Times this morning], and the chavs have helped to flood the market with Burberry fakes.
Ugly pattern, clever analysis. Oh well, chacun a son gout.