No, really — counterfeiting

In the IP business, when you hear the word “counterfeiting,” you think — you know, fake Louis Vuitton handbags, Rolex “replicas,” that sort of thing.

Well that’s counterfeiting, yeah.  But then there’s… counterfeiting counterfeiting!  This infographic doesn’t skip over the old-fashioned, wrath-of-J.-Edgar-Hoover-type currency counterfeiting.  Enjoy it.

Just one thing — when you see assertions like the one on top of the infographic (“By 2015, [the] ICC expects the value of counterfeit goods globally to exceed $1.7 trillion”) — don’t be too too credulous.  Those estimates tend be, er, funny money — “massively overstated.”  But that doesn’t mean it’s not a problem.  Although if I don’t get some new antipiracy work myself soon it might start to not be one and I might start to say so.

Kidding!  It’s a real problem, and it’s not only China’s fault.  But I digress — as I said, enjoy the infographic!

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Infographic by Camcode

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