The majority of copying and fraud involves software and clothing items.
(Edwards6) One aspect of this is known as bootlegging. this is where someone copies a program, CD, performance, etc., and sells it on the streets. According to Mike Edward's of the International Federation of the Phonographic Industry claims that world wide CD piracy accounts for 6.5% of the industries annual sales.
A different approach to borrowing one's idea doesn't nessacarily copythe product. Instead it involves misleading the consumer. As in one case, the Miller Brewing Company developed a new beer with a label similar to Annheuser Busch's, who is currently the number one brewer in America. The "new brew" was aimed at taking away sales from "the King of Beers." (Melcher 37)
Logos are also often copied. A logo is defined as an advertising symbol or message that represents a product or a service. In one case, OJ Simpson has agreed to share marketing rights with the Florida Department of Citrus to use his initial in connection with orange juice. (Wells 1)
Materials can be illegally duplicated in many different ways. This includes everything sharing software, to copying CD's, to illegal sweatshops. Commercial goodshave either patents which are supposed to protect them from illegal duplication.
Digital technology is becoming a big problem for graphic artists who are trying to protect... [continues]
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