Items tagged with Counterfeit

Product makers have complained for ages of knock-off products ruining their sales, and not to mention their reputation. To some, it's become almost infuriating how lackadaisically Amazon handles the problem; if at all. If you're a regular consumer, the problem might be hard to appreciate, but one company, Elevation Lab, reveals a true taste of how bad the problem has become. Elevation Labs makes a product called the Anchor, which is a molded piece of silicone that affixes to the bottom of a desk, thereby creating a new place to store your two pairs of headphones. In the grand scheme, a product like this isn't complicated to make, and that of course means that there are copycats lurking in the... Read more...
More than 41,000 fake iPhones have been scooped up by Chinese authorities in a massive bust, thanks to a tip from U.S. officials. Beijing police picked up at least nine people believed to be involved in the operation, which involved a small factory posing as an electronics retailer. It’s not clear where the fake iPhones were being shipped, though the tip from American officials could indicate that some of the phones reached the U.S. That’s likely a question Beijing authorities will be putting to the couple who ran the counterfeit operation. The two apparently had as many as six assembly lines, which were operated by hundreds of workers. The phones included second-hand components and could have... Read more...
You know what's even better than weird news? Weird news well-flavored with legal stupididy, that's what. Our saga today starts with a shipping oddity; specifically the fact that Overclockers.com forum member Dreadrok ordered a Core i7 920 from Newegg and received a completely fake processor. It's a good fake, too—if it weren't for a few misspellings on the outside of the box, we'd believe it was completely legit, particularly if we didn't take the time to scour the box looking for the telltales. This is a fake box, not a real one. You have 10 seconds to find the differences. Go!Dreadrok initially faced skepticism over the veracity of his claim so he put up a YouTube video that captures all the... Read more...
When Japan first started to produce goods, many said they marveled at how well Japan could copy things. Now many such knock-offs come from China. In terms of the iPhone, such replicas could easily spotted. Now, not so much. A consumer delivered a device to MacMedics that he had purchased from eBay. While at first glance it sure looks like an iPhone, when running it sure isn't Apple-like: sluggish, clunky, and with an Apple logo on the back, a counterfeit rather than a clone. Even the box looks pretty iPhone-ish. MacMedics said in the video below: “As you can see it looks xactly like an iPhone. It does not work very well, and when it does work it is incredibly slow.It comes with some weird accessories... Read more...
Scientists at the Hitachi Research Labs in Japan are raising the stakes in counterfeit protection technologies with the development of a new RFID (radio-frequency identification) tag. Measuring just 50 micrometers by 50 micrometers, these new RFID tags are smaller than grains of sand, and are in fact the smallest RFID tags ever devised.The picture shows the powder chips beside a strand of hair. Though it isn't known if the hair is from a male or female - females have thinner hair strands than males - the powder chips still look pretty small. “The so-called powder chip is thin enough that it can be mixed with paper pulp to add a layer of counterfeit protection to gift certificates, passports... Read more...
Apparently in Michigan the answer is 5 months in prison, 5 months home confinement (Is he banned from broadband access?) and in this case $15,660 restitution.   "Between Aug. 26, 2003 and Sept. 7, 2004, using two different eBay user names, Thomas sold counterfeit copies of Rockwell Automation software in 49 separate eBay auctions, receiving more than $14,625.  The actual retail value of this software was in excess of $1 million." Just goes to show that if you participate in piracy you might as well beplaying with fire.  Either way you're looking for trouble.The fact that the company seems to have lost out on more or less $1,000,000on the deal even after restitution is pretty sad, and makes... Read more...