PART A Knock It Off Please visit the sites below and answer

PART A

Knock It Off

Please visit the sites below and answer the question. Please post your original comment no longer than 100-250 words and respond to two of your classmates’ posts on or before Saturday.  Please explain your answer based on what we discussed in class and what you have read in the power points.  You may also use the links in Required Resources under the Intellectual Property module.   You must support your conclusions with references to PowerPoint slides or credible web links.

http://www.rainierland.is/ (Links to an external site.)

http://www.fashionknockoffs.com/ (Links to an external site.)

https://www.dhgate.com/wholesale/fake+handbags.html (Links to an external site.)

Do you see an issue with any of these sites? 

Either way, please state why in your answer? 

Are there reasons the government would have an interest in limiting access to such sites? 

What are the repercussions of letting such sites perpetuate? 

Are there any negative effects suffered by consumers, as well as, retail and media corporations? 

PART B (Respond to two the students below).

Staci Saunders

MondayNov 15 at 8:12pm

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Do you see an issue with any of these sites? Either way, please state why in your answer? 

– There is an issue with these websites as they are advertising knock off designer brand bags, clothing and shoes. A brand owns their particular design via copyright. The designer is then allowed to control how their expressions are copied and distributed. Their design is protected from unauthorized use. (Abuin, powerpoint slide 5) 

Are there reasons the government would have an interest in limiting access to such sites? 

– The government should limit access to these kinds of websites because the website is in violation of copyright law. Those can be punished for reproduction, distribution and display of counterfeit work. (Abuin, powerpoint slide 6)

What are the repercussions of letting such sites perpetuate? 

– Designers could sue for actual damages which include lost sales and profits. There could also be an action for statutory damages if registered copyrights because the copyright was simply infringed. Awards could be anywhere between $750.00 and $30,000.00. (Abuin, powerpoint slide 30)

Abuin, M. “Intellectual Property” (Powerpoint Slides).

Angela Mazariego Lemus

MondayNov 15 at 8:43pm

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Hi Everyone:

Upon looking at the sites, I concluded that they look illegal because they are stealing business from original designers and movie producers. The website’s “fashion knock-offs” and “DH Gate” duplicate products made by other designers and rainier land already have on display a complete movie that was recently released on Netflix. 

Yes, the government might be interested in limiting access to these sights because these websites do not have exclusive rights to distribute (both physically and digitally) the products they sell or show. They are in clear violation of the Bundle of Rights to Copyright Owners. According to Week 11 Powerpoint, “American producers of copyrighted works are estimated to lose $250 billion each year to Internet pirates who trade illicit copies of music and films”. Copyrights laws literally exist to protect original work. These websites are not kosher and should be regulated. 
The repercussions of letting these sites perpetuate are that rightful owners lose business. 

For example, DH Gate was trending on social media during the summer for reproducing exact replicas of Louis Vuitton bags. Thousands of people got curious and ordered them, paid a literal fraction of the price, and received identical copies of Louis Vuitton bags with what seemed original packaging and receipts. That cannot be legal. People will no longer bother to buy the real thing if they can get replicas that look identical. Or in the case of movies, people will not bother to pay for subscriptions to popular movie/show sites like Netflix and Hulu. Thus proving that these knock-off websites cause more harm than good to businesses, I would be agitated if someone copied my product.

Some adverse effects that consumers might suffer are being scammed; I would not give my credit card information to sites like those, I do not know how and where my information will be used. Just from a glance, these sites do not look secure. I was scared I was going to get a virus on my computer just from navigating the websites. 

Angela 

Reference 

(Abuin, n.d)Special Topics. LAW 4470. 2021 Fall. Module 11 PowerPoint. Retrieved 2021 November 15 from Berkeley College.