Originally Posted by AZREOSpecialist
What is it about Asia that makes that part of the world want to rip off technologies developed by American companies? Seriously, this crap needs to stop. Don't Asians learn personal responsibility growing up? Don't they understand the concept of stealing? Or do they just think they are entitled to everything the world creates without paying for those creations?
It's my understanding that Chinese (and to some part, Korean, and Japanese) culture is to iterate, not innovate. More or less be a "better apprentice" and surpass the master. IP law (particularly patents) found in American and European prohibit being the "apprentice" in the first place. This is why China only allows foreigners to bid on their national projects if they're partnered with a domestic (apprentice) company and thus that company basically gets a free licence to copy the IP.
When it comes to luxury devices (Apple) and fashion (eg Louis Vuitton, Tiffany) you see the other end of the spectrum where Chinese know the value of the brand name and rush out to produce unlicensed copies of the products AND put that brand on products that that brand would never make (Apple stoves, LV branded towels, etc)
The funny thing is, in the case of the iPhone and iPod, Chinese knockoffs are unable to copy the functionality, and certainly make no improvement over an authentic device, so the only people who are fooled by these are those buying them off eBay and Amazon. With fashion, it's a lot harder to tell because a real bag and a fake bag are functionally the same. Fakes are usually made with plastic or PU leather.
The "West" is really the outlier when it comes to acceptance of counterfeit products. If people here weren't willing to buy the counterfeits, then those counterfeits would have no market outside their domestic market.