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Old 06-17-2005, 07:50 AM
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[QUOTE=TrophyFodder,Jun 17 2005, 02:19 PM] There is a difference between a knock off and a counterfiet.
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I agree with you on that. The coke bottle shape is also copyrighted.
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One major difference is that Microsoft is large enough to survive such damage. If this knock off thing goes un-checked for too long, we're going to see less and less companies producing and exporting innovative products.
I can speak from first hand experience...you guys already are seeing less and less new products due to this. I've been speaking about this problem for years and I dont want to continue on it because the converation always seems to get heated...but in short yes, the Aero parts industry is slowly decreasing because of the current situation. Everytime I place our orders with our Japanese partners (Top Secret, Ings, Varis, etc) I evaluate the market for current and potential knockoffs and it absolutely plays a part in my decision of what and how much to order and keep in stock.
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Originally Posted by Ben,Jun 17 2005, 06:00 PM
I can speak from first hand experience...you guys already are seeing less and less new products due to this. I've been speaking about this problem for years and I dont want to continue on it because the converation always seems to get heated...but in short yes, the Aero parts industry is slowly decreasing because of the current situation. Everytime I place our orders with our Japanese partners (Top Secret, Ings, Varis, etc) I evaluate the market for current and potential knockoffs and it absolutely plays a part in my decision of what and how much to order and keep in stock.
I hear you, and its a shame that that is the case.

The other part that irks me is that people often say "if the JDM guys could get the products here quicker / cheaper I would buy authentic" but going and buying knock-offs leaves our JDM counterparts very little incentive to reduce the cost or ship more product over.

Hehe sorry if I rant guys, this issue really gets under my skin

Hopefully something will come of this initiative. I did however notice when flipping through the most recent Super Street that Seibon's full page ad doesn't feature any pictures of their knock-off hoods for the S2000. Only their TSII hood which I believe is an original design.
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Old 06-17-2005, 10:21 AM
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While I can see how this goes along with the Original aftermarket parts vs knockoffs, I am sure their aim is the much bigger problems involving software, dvds, handbags and clothing, as opposed to going after actual companies like vis and seibon who make replicas. Although, I can see them going after those companies more to make an example of them.

I guess larger companies like vis and seibon can get away with that type of thing since Mugen, Top Secret, etc have no patents on their designs.
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Ev why would SEMA be worried about replica handbags?

It's true that the legal initiatives cited are more global counterfeit initiatives, SEMA's involvement is strictly automotive based
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