Counterfeit products and piracy cost an estimated $100 billion a year according to the World Intellectual Property Organization. This in turn cost designers hard worked for money in royalties and fees plus lowers what we can expect for our initial design fees. In Paris to help raise aware of this global problem, Union des Fabricants (Unifab), a French trade group, opened the Musée de la Contrefaçon (Museum of Counterfeiting) in 1951 as a way to educate the public. You can view examples of this museum at a photo essay in the Los Angeles Times. It seems that if you can thing of it, it is being counterfeited. Do people really fall for the Tabard, Tabasco sauce? I do believe that somethings like condoms should just be off limits with these wrongdoers that produce these products.
The museum's location:
Musée de la Contrefaçon
16 rue de la Faisanderie, 75016 Paris
Open Tuesday to Saturday, 2-5:30 pm
website: http://www.unifab.com (in French)
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