Counterfeiting! how to fight them!
I have a method, simple and efficient, to fight against counterfeitings. It is part of my know how, and I don’t want to explain it without making a profit out of it. So you are always welcome to contact me and explain your problem, and I’ll be happy to tell you more!
In this post, I just want to emphasize the damages caused by counterfeitings, from an extract of an article from Wikipedia. Many other sources are available to show the huge losses in the econanmy due to counterfeitings. But you know it better than me if you read this article!
The spread of counterfeit goods (commonly called “knock-offs” or “rip-offs”) has become global in recent years and the range of goods subject to infringement has increased significantly. Apparel and accessories accounted for over 50 percent of the counterfeit goods seized by U.S Customs and Border Control. According to the study of Counterfeiting Intelligence Bureau (CIB) of the International Chamber of Commerce (ICC), counterfeit goods make up 5 to 7% of World Trade, however these figures cannot be substantiated due to the secretive nature of the industry.
A report by the Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development on counterfeitings indicates that up to US$200 Billion of international trade could have been in counterfeit and illegally copied goods in 2005. In November 2009, the OECD updated these estimates, concluding that the share of counterfeit and illegitimate goods in world trade had increased from 1.85% in 2000 to 1.95% in 2007. That represents an increase to US$250 billion worldwide.
In a detailed breakdown of the counterfeit goods industry, the total loss faced by countries around the world is $600 billion, with the United States facing the most economic impact. When calculating counterfeit products, current estimates place the global losses at $400 billion. On November 29, 2010, the Department of Homeland Security seized and shut down 82 websites as part of a U.S. crackdown of websites that sell counterfeit goods, and was timed to coincide with “Cyber Monday,” the start of the holiday online shopping season.
Some see the rise in counterfeitings of goods as being related to globalisation. As more and more companies, in an effort to increase profits, move manufacturing to the cheaper labour markets of the third world, areas with weaker labour laws or environmental regulations, they give the means of production to foreign workers. These new managers of production have little or no loyalty to the original corporation. They see that profits are being made by the global brand for doing little (other than advertising) and see the possibilities of removing the middle men (i.e. the parent corporation) and marketing directly to the consumer. This can result in counterfeit products being virtually indistinguishable from original products, as they are being produced in the same company, and in damage to the parent corporation due to copyright infringement.
Certain consumer goods, especially very expensive or desirable brands or those that are easy to reproduce cheaply, have become frequent and common targets of counterfeiting. The counterfeiters either attempt to deceive the consumer into thinking they are purchasing a legitimate item, or convince the consumer that they could deceive others with the imitation. An item which makes no attempt to deceive, such as a copy of a DVD with missing or different cover art or a book without a cover, is often called a “bootleg” or a “pirated copy” instead.
Most counterfeit goods are produced and manufactured in China, making it the counterfeit capital of the world. In fact, the counterfeiting industry accounts for 8% of China’s GDP. Joining China are North Korea and Taiwan. Some counterfeits are produced in the same factory that produces the original, authentic product, using inferior materials. Another strange new trend in counterfeiting, especially seen in consumer electronics, is the manufacture of entirely novel products using poor quality materials or, more often, incorporating desirable features not present in a brand’s authentic product line and then including prominent and fake brand names and logotypes to profit from brand recognition or brand image.
An example would be imitation “Nokia” and “iPhone” cellular phones with features like dual SIM slots or analog TV, which are unavailable in authentic originals, or cosmetically-identical clones of high-end smartphones such as those from Hong Kong-based Goophone, using off the shelf system-on-chips from MediaTek and the Android operating system, often with user interfaces made to resemble the devices they imitate. Another example would be imitation “iPod” MP3 players whose power cells or batteries are removable and replaceable, whereas in authentic originals the power cells or batteries are permanently installed.
In the United States, a federal crackdown on counterfeit imports is driving an increase in domestic output of fake merchandise, according to investigators and industry executives. Raids carried out in New York City resulted in the seizure of an estimated $200 Million in counterfeit apparel, bearing the logos of brands such as “The North Face,” “Polo,” “Izod Lacoste,” “Rocawear,” “Seven for all Mankind,” and “Fubu.” One of the largest seizures was a joint operation in Arizona, Texas and California that seized seventy-seven containers of fake “Nike Air Jordan” shoes and a container of “Abercrombie & Fitch” clothing, valued at $69.5 million. Another current method of attacking counterfeits is at the retail level. Fendi sued the Sam’s Club division of Walmart for selling fake “Fendi” bags and leather goods in five states. Sam’s Club agreed to pay Fendi a confidential amount to settle the dispute and dismiss the action. In the case Tiffany v. eBay, Tiffany & Co. sued auction site eBay for allowing the sale of counterfeit items, but lost on all claims. Gucci filed suit against thirty websites in the United States and is currently in the process of suing one hundred more.
A number of companies involved in the development of anti-counterfeiting and brand protection solutions have come together to form special industry-wide and global organisations dedicated to combating the so-called “brand pirates” such as the International Hologram Manufacturers Association. Other companies and organisations have established web-based communities that provide a framework for crowd-sourced solutions to counterfeiting. One such free community, Collectors Proof enables manufacturers and users alike to associate unique identification numbers to virtually any item so that each new owner can update its chain of custody. Because quality counterfeit items are often difficult to discern from authentic goods, this approach enables potential customers to access an item’s current and previous ownersÂ â€“ its provenanceÂ â€“ prior to purchase.
To combat counterfeiting, companies may have the various parts of an item manufactured in independent factories and then limit the supply of certain distinguishing parts to the factory that performs the final assembly to the exact number required for the number of items to be assembled (or as near to that number as is practicable) or may require the factory to account for every part used and to return any unused, faulty or damaged parts. To help distinguish the originals from the counterfeits, the copyright holder may also employ the use of serial numbers or holograms etc., which may be attached to the product in another factory still.
Counterfeitings! You know now what it costs. So how much would you spend to stop it? Or how much did you already spend to stop it without success!
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To continue our review for Christmas meals, after the Christmas cake, I suggest this recipe.
For the Duxelles:
For the Beef:
Green Peppercorn Sauce:
Roasted Fingerling Potatoes with Fresh Herbs and Garlic:
Warm Wilted Winter Greens:
Recipe courtesy of Tyler Florence
L’idée géniale : dans un post précédent, je vous ai provoqué en vous challengeant sur un problème de 9 points à joindre par 4 droites. J’espère que vous avez trouvé. En tout cas un bon moyen de trouver des solutions est d’être créatif et d’avoir des idées. Cet article du nouvel obs est particulièrement intéressant.
Les cinq commandements d’Isaac Asimov pour trouver une idée géniale
Par Robin Prudent Journaliste.
Qui ne rêve pas de trouver la bonne idée qui changera le cours de l’histoire ? Pour tenter de s’en approcher, les entreprises et les Etats multiplient les séances de brainstorming, sans pouvoir évaluer précisément leur efficacité.
Isaac Asimov, en 1965 – Phillip Leonian/Wikimedia Commons/CC
En 1959, l’écrivain de science-fiction Isaac Asimov avait participé à des recherches collectives à propos d’un bouclier antimissile pour l’armée américaine. C’est son ami, le scientifique Arthur Obermayer, qui l’avait invité à se joindre à des sessions de réflexions autour du projet militaire de l’Agence pour les projets de recherche avancée de défense (Darpa).
Asimov ne participa qu’à quelques réunions, de peur que sa liberté d’expression ne soit limitée par les informations confidentielles qu’il allait devoir traiter. Mais ce passage ne fut pas anodin, puisqu’il laissa derrière lui un texte (en anglais) sur la créativité.
Plus d’un demi-siècle plus tard, son ami scientifique est retombé dessus et a décidé de le publier. Voici ses principaux conseils qu’il donne pour faire émerger une idée géniale.
1- Rassembler des connaisseurs et des excentriques
Pour Isaac Asimov, le processus de créativité est similaire dans tous les domaines de recherche. La grande idée ne sort pas de nulle part, mais d’une connexion inattendue de plusieurs faits ou idées déjà étudiés. Pour faire émerger un concept inédit, il faut donc rassembler des personnes ayant des connaissances fines du sujet en question et d’autres qui n’ont pas peur de proposer des rapprochements un peu fous.
Si cette connexion n’a pas nécessité d’audace, c’est qu’elle n’est qu’une idée corollaire à une idée plus ancienne. Une grande innovation ne devient raisonnable qu’après avoir émergé.
2- Créer une ambiance de travail ouverte aux réflexions stupides
Une fois les bonnes personnes rassemblées autour d’une même table, rien n’est encore gagné. Isaac Asimov cherche alors le moyen de les persuader de laisser libre cours à leur imagination. Pour cela, il faut une grande liberté de ton et de propos.
« Le plus important est de laisser une certaine quiétude et permissivité. Le monde, en général, désapprouve la créativité, et être créatif en public est particulièrement mal vu. Même émettre une supposition en public semble inquiétant. [En session de réflexion] les personnes doivent avoir le sentiment qu’on ne les désapprouvera pas. »
Ainsi, deux types de personnes doivent être écartés de ces sessions :
L’écrivain insiste :
« Même si ces personnes sont individuellement très intéressantes, elles risquent de neutraliser les autres. »
3- Pas plus de cinq participants en même temps
Isaac Assimov met aussi en garde contre la volonté de multiplier les membres de ces sessions de réflexions.
« Le nombre optimal de personne dans chaque groupe ne doit pas être très élevé. Pas plus de cinq personnes ne sont nécessaires. Un nombre plus élevé de personnes permettrait d’apporter davantage d’informations, mais la tension créée par l’attente de pouvoir s’exprimer peut devenir très frustrante. »
L’auteur préconise donc de faire varier les participants plutôt que d’imposer la venue de tout le monde, en même temps.
4- Cultiver l’informel et éliminer le sentiment de responsabilité
Malgré le caractère très sérieux des recherches militaires auxquels il participe, Isaac Asimov préconise de cultiver une certaine légèreté dans ces sessions de recherche.
« La jovialité, l’usage des prénoms, les blagues, sont – je pense – à l’origine des idées. Pas en eux-mêmes, mais parce qu’ils participent à l’enthousiasme qui doit accompagner de la folie créatrice. »
Ainsi, il délaisse volontiers les salles de conférences austères pour réunir les groupes chez l’un des participants ou autour d’un dîner au restaurant.
De plus, le fait de se sentir coupable de ne pas avoir eu une de bonne idée est la manière la plus sûr de ne jamais faire émerger cette bonne idée.
« La chose qui inhibe le plus cette créativité, est sûrement le sentiment de responsabilité. Les plus grandes idées des derniers siècles sont venues de personnes qui n’étaient pas payées pour avoir cette idée. […] Les idées sortent des portes secondaires. »
5- Trouver un psychanalyste et un arbitre
Pour faire émerger des idées enfouies profondément, il faut aider les participants à stimuler leur créativité.
« Il faut qu’une personne ait un rôle proche de celui du psychanalyste, c’est-à-dire poser les bonnes questions pour laisser les personnes parler de leur passé afin d’obtenir de nouvelles connaissances. »
Les sessions de réflexions collectives ne doivent pas non plus être en dehors de toutes règles. Pour cela, un autre personnage clé doit être présent : l’arbitre. Selon Isaac Asimov, celui-ci doit poser des repères dans le débat et guider les réflexions vers le sujet central.
Si vous respectez ces règles, les dispositifs artificiels pour stimuler la créativité ne vous seront plus être nécessaires selon l’auteur. Les idées ne devraient pas tarder à arriver.
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The future: this morning, I woke up that with a vision and I wanted to share it with you.
I watched a TV show last night on the programs of the different candidates to the French Elections and I found it with no vision of a future, needless to say bright or illuminating future, just past oriented, and fade! I don’t know also if the process of primaries so so good for democraty, looking at last French élections and US élections too.
First of all, what is globalization for the future. I sumarize it as pooring a glas of hot water into a in a basin of cold water, but everbody wants the basin to be at the temperature of the hor water! This is not possible! It must be warmed, and this means that some energy has to be introduced, because sharing cools it more, than it warms it!
Usually, we are more used to put some cold milk into hot coffe to cool it!
And it is what has been done in the past to keep people quiet, but grid is in, and everyone wants a piece of the cake, so what to do to give some wealth to a larger number of people living longer!
When the cake is shrinking, there are 2 stratégies:
It seems also that we are on an post industrial era also, and value is not created in manufacturing. The social wellfare can not continue to charge “work” to pay unworkers, and the idea of a global minimum revenue is not among the worst idea popping up today.
The former paradigm is gone, and there is a new era opening. Where are we aiming at? When there is a change of paradigm, it flips over in a very short time and does not come back! Some stick to the old one and their priviledges, and a small minority is already growing in the future of tomorrow. What are the characteristics!
There should be a big argumentation under the topic of internet.
I recently discovered that there is more than 200 cryptocurrencies! How is it possible? It is possible due to the block-chain technology. What role does banks play there! All bitcoins are valued 3.5 Billions $. And nobody can touch them! Except at the findger tips of your keyboard. All banks have more and more strict verification protocole, but here? Should we believe in bank notes or in computers? Behind this example, you can find dark web, Wikileaks, Snowden, and goverments … I remember clearly, that the Tchernobyl cloud stopped at the Frances’ bordures, … goverment truth! It is then normal that there is a trust crisis.
I also logged into this site: globalmoneyline.com . I was so surprise by clicking on links to see how many different forms of products could be at your disposal how many people were making a complementary revenue of it, and maybe a full revenue tomorrow, and how you are submerged by information, advertising, and many other demands, in an incresing demand of consomption! Is it the way of putting the energy in the basin?
It seems also that the more the invisible economy is growing, the more the visible economy is demanding a perfect appearence, to insure of its existence! And a code of social scale is made by this appearence: fashion, images, TVs, cars, watches, … but Zuckerberg always appears with a T-shirt. Where is the worth? Skype is free between 2 computers.
Legal institutions do not protect Citizens from this invisible world, and it seems that politicians tend to protect the darkness of it as a mean of redistributing the old wealth to the new world, or to themselves. If you had been a victim of a scam on internet, you should know what I am talking about!
You have real invisible friends. When you say that to a psycologist, he would say you are crazy! Are they angels? What education should you give to children? Go to school, to mis with others, or stay in front of a screen? … Are social media to help us to give some humanity or to increase our envy of products, …
How to restore trust? Dr House says that we are all lying! So how?
When I woke up, I didn’t get the answer, but if you want to share your belief on this new paradigm, you are welcome to write a comment!
Decision : what is a decision? and why writing on it!
Looking at Wikipedia, you can find this definition:
In psychology, decision-making is regarded as the cognitive process resulting in the selection of a belief or a course of action among several alternative possibilities. Every decision-making process produces a final choice; it may or may not prompt action. Decision-making is the process of identifying and choosing alternatives based on the values and preferences of the decision-maker.it’s very important…
And this is a good one. A decision is the first step of a change. People see it usually as an intellectual and complicated process for “I don’t know what”, but usually not to make a change! So, it is mainly why I decided to change that and to talk simply about it. I started a “1 mn chronicle” video on that topic, to come along with the “1 mn manager”. There is a second reason why I like to talk about that, it is to address a second topic, FREEDOM. I address freedom as our capacity to make choices, that we want in the reality, and not our capacity to respect a frame. But we will talk about that later.
I structured this 1 mn chronicle around 2 themes:
The artist: Raphaël MOULIN, born in Martigny July 15, 1953
“Les sculptures de Raphaël Moulin parlent un langage de formes et de clartés en mutation selon les angles de vision, des pages de lumière dans l’infini d’un présent qui nous fuit parfois… Raphaël Moulin parle dans ses sculptures avecun vocabulaire précis, une technique mûre et performante, une sensibilité aiguë ; il entretient avec la matière des rapports étroits, sait lui insuffler énergie et respiration.” Jean-Marc Theytaz / mai 2008
How to make good décisions?
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Authority is what all new marketing strategies recommend to build, so that when you say do that, people do it!
The definition of “Authority” in the dictionary specifies :
This YouTube video shows a more modern version.
“In Milgram’s first set of experiments, 65 percent (26 of 40) of experiment participants administered the experiment’s final massive 450-volt shock
Thomas Blass of the University of Maryland, Baltimore County performed a meta-analysis on the results of repeated performances of the experiment. He found that while the percentage of participants who are prepared to inflict fatal voltages ranged from 28% to 91%, there was no significant trend over time and the average percentage for US studies (61%) was close to the one for non-US studies (66%).”
Extracted from the article.
In some other représentations, it is similar as if a parental image, or a power, or an authority figure takes over our personality to cover our own thinking, intelligence to “oblige” us to do Something, whatever punishment is linked to the fact of doing that action or not.
These “authority” figures are all around us, starting by our parents, the teachers, goverment, police, justice, … and we learn to respect them, whatever décisions is taken by them. Goverment likes to build juridiction as “High Authoritiy for …” (I am taking example from France – Haute Autorité Audiovisuelle), where what is said can not be obstructed. It is a kind of official thinking that can not be changed
Now what can be concluded from that experiment when we go on internet to find innovation, crowdfunding, where there is not a large authority jurisdiction to rule behaviours. This is non exhaustive.
Personally, I like to think an authority to show us the direction, not a power capable of punishment. That why if you participate to my crowdfunding campaigns, first you are free to come, and second you will ask you to exercise your ability to think, not to reproduce a guru thinking of any kind.
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