Counterfeits - what do you think?

Counterfeiting has been a common problem in the IT industry for as long as companies have made products that are technically and commercially viable to copy.

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By  Mark Sutton Published  July 6, 2002

Counterfeiting has been a common problem in the IT industry for as long as companies have made products that are technically and commercially viable to copy.

A wide range of products are copied, or brands copied every year, from copier cartridges to CPU.

Copies are virtually always inferior, leading to disappointed consumers, and damage to the sellers reputation and the manufacturers brand name.

In the field of software, great progress has been made to control illegally copied software, forcing counterfeit and pirate copies of applications off the street, but in hardware, little has been done to control the situation.

CRN wants to change this, and is bringing together a number of vendors, distributors and industry experts to discuss ways to remedy the situation.

But we also want your thoughts too.

Do governments in the region do enough to prevent counterfeit products getting in? Are consumers aware of the problems? Does the fact that a product is not genuine automatically make it bad? Please get in touch to let us know what you think.

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