Take a trip to Rome, Madrid, London.. Any major capital in Europe at least, and you'll see the knockoffs. Products of dubious origin, (usually Chinese) with names like Adadis, Ray-Ben, Louis Button and Calvim Klain, which are displayed on mats on the pavement for easy transportation if any police happen to be in the area.

Because, for some reason, brands are super important to us humans, many small businesses will seek to boost their image and profile by associating themselves with something more recognizable. Piracy is a crime and while some businesses blatantly do not care, others go to hilariously ridiculous lengths to try and get away with it!

We here at Bored Panda have created a list of times when businesses did their best to grab some of the glory of the bigger brands, often failing with amusing consequences. Scroll down below to check it out for yourself, and let us know what you think in the comments!

#1

Had To Do A Double Take

Had To Do A Double Take

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Withnail 6 months ago

Ah, a genuine Olop shirt.

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Counterfeiting and piracy are a form of theft that has been steadily growing in recent years, reaching an estimated value of up to US$917 billion a year for the illegal trade in goods alone, according to the International Chamber of Commerce. The global value of digital piracy in movies, music and software reached a further US$213 billion in 2015.

Counterfeiting has a damaging effect on business, the economy and the general population. Think of the health risks when taking a counterfeit medicine, for example, or using a product that hasn't been subject to rigorous healthy and safety standards. It's alway best to avoid counterfeits where possible!

#2

They're Crappy, But Flattering

They're Crappy, But Flattering

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Aaron W 6 months ago

Did anyone else go through this alphabetically and say "where's the K......oh".

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#3

I Saw This Movie Once

I Saw This Movie Once

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Karin Jansen 6 months ago

"Chewfasa". This is awesome.

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According to Lapixa, more than half (51.66%) of all counterfeits came from China, but were also produced in Southeast Asia (9.04%) and Eastern Europe (4.47%). The production costs in these countries are low due to the use of cheap source materials and poor working conditions, furthermore costs for development and marketing basically do not exist.

79 percent of all companies are affected by product piracy, even several times a year. The product counterfeiting occurs across all sectors and ranges from handbags to electronic devices to drugs, machines and entire industrial plants.

#4

When Hollywood Steals Your Idea

When Hollywood Steals Your Idea

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Aramis 6 months ago (edited)

this is a really good name though.

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#5

Pikado'h!

Pikado'h!

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Hello it Smee 6 months ago

Awesome mashup, I would wear these!

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Preventing counterfeiting is not easy, as the laws against it are full of loopholes and are often loosely enforced. Stricter laws are difficult to pass, because of fears that they will stifle creativity and allow bigger companies to bankrupt smaller designers with copyright infringement claims. How close in design does something have to be to infringe on your copyright? What are you allowed to copyright? Adidas claims the 3 stripes for example, but how do you stop a company using a similar design with 4 stripes? There are many grey areas.

Exact replicas are different however, with intellectual property laws ostensibly providing strong protection against this.

#6

Found This In Vietnam. Beautiful

Found This In Vietnam. Beautiful

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ADHORTATOR 6 months ago

Very honest...

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#7

Nothing Is Possible In China

Nothing Is Possible In China

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Aaron W 6 months ago

For those with too much hope.

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There are different ways to protect your intellectual property. Melwani & Chan LLP, a New York City Shareholder Rights & Intellectual Property law firm, give a brief overview on their website:

"Copyright protection is generally not available to a clothing designer for the garment itself," they write. However, copyright protection is available for a print/or design pattern and the two-dimensional sketch."

"Why is copyright protection available for the sketch and not available for a garment? Copyright protection is usually denied to clothing on the grounds that they are considered useful articles. Copyright will only apply when the article’s expressive design component is separable from its useful function. Since clothing is considered a useful article, a court will generally take the view that a garment’s expressive component cannot be separated either physically or conceptually."

"A fashion designer seeking copyright protection from a knock-off designer must convince a judge that either the item of clothing is not functional or that its artistic design is separable from its utilitarian purpose. A court is unlikely to view the garment itself as not being utilitarian. However, courts will give copyright protection to the design pattern itself and/or the two-dimensional sketch, since they are considered pictorial works."

"A distinction should be drawn between a garment and fashion accessories such as a piece of jewelry, since jewelry is generally considered to be non-utilitarian, and therefore eligible for copyright protection as pictorial and/or sculptural work."

#8

These Knockoff Jordans Gave Michael A Great Ass

These Knockoff Jordans Gave Michael A Great Ass

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Hello it Smee 6 months ago

That ass, hahaha

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#9

Finally, A Brand That Totally Represents My View Towards Life

Finally, A Brand That Totally Represents My View Towards Life

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ARIANA GRANDA-MONCAYO 6 months ago

This is what you should wear in those times of frustration....

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"A patent is granted for a new and useful process, machine, manufacture, or composition of matter and it must advance the prior art in a way that that is non-obvious. A design in fashion is generally not considered a process, machine, manufacture or a composition of matters. Occasionally a design patent will be granted to a designer to protect the appearance of a fabric, garment, handbag, eyeglasses, etc. For example, Burberry has a design patent for its trench coat."

"Even if courts allow a fashion design to be patented, the amount of time it takes to acquire a patent makes this process impractical for most designers. A United States Patent and Trademark Office application can takes years to review and only about half of them are granted a patent and by then the garment would most likely be out-of-season."

"In some cases, pursuing a utility patent may make sense for a designer. For example, if they had invented a new fabric such as Goretex® or created a new technology, such as method for dyeing garments."

#10

Just Yelp For Help

Just Yelp For Help

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Hello it Smee 6 months ago

That got dark quick!

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#11

Looks A Bit... Phoney Doesn't It

Looks A Bit... Phoney Doesn't It

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Withnail 6 months ago

I love my Fony Playftation.

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"A trademark is any word, name, symbol, device, or combination thereof that is used by a merchant used to identify their goods and distinguish them from those manufactured and sold by other merchants.  For example, Louis Vuitton’s “LV” logo or Chanel’s “Double C” logo are trademarks.  Trademark protection in the United States is very strong and potentially infinite in length, as long as the mark is being used in commerce to designate the source of the goods."

"The key to determining if another designer is infringing on a trademark is the likelihood that ordinary consumers in the marketplace would confuse the original trademark and the allegedly infringing trademark.  For example, Adidas won a 305 million dollar judgment against Payless Shoes in 2008 for selling two and four stripe shoes that looked very similar to Adidas’s three stripe shoes."

So it turns out that using 4 stripes can get you into trouble after all! Especially if your company can afford good lawyers like those at Melwani & Chan LLP. Scroll down below to see the rest of the list, and let us know what you think in the comments!

#12

The New Spinoff Sounds Delicious

The New Spinoff Sounds Delicious

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ƒιѕн 6 months ago

Quite clever actually.

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#13

Found In Costa Rica

Found In Costa Rica

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Full Name 6 months ago

I'll get the sausage.

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#14

I Love These

I Love These

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Aaron W 6 months ago

I'd still buy this - and not by mistake.

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#15

Aids

Aids

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Luis Milian 6 months ago

buhahahah oh no

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#16

Why Get The North Face When You Can Get The Huge Mountain

Why Get The North Face When You Can Get The Huge Mountain

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Sugar Latte 6 months ago

Also known as: The WiFi Signal

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#17

My Friend And I Died Laughing In The Store - Seen In Taiwan

My Friend And I Died Laughing In The Store - Seen In Taiwan

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glowworm2 6 months ago

I like that one of them has a mustache.

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#18

Laundry

Laundry

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Luna 6 months ago

This is amazing

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#19

Watch Out Microsoft, Michael Bindows Is Comming

Watch Out Microsoft, Michael Bindows Is Comming

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We Were On A Break! 6 months ago

Michaelaoft!

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#20

Would You Like A Oreo? Nah I'd Rather Have A

Would You Like A Oreo? Nah I'd Rather Have A

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Withnail 6 months ago

Wanna cookie? Okidoki.

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#21

Infinitiy War Is The Biggest Crossover Event In Histor-

Infinitiy War Is The Biggest Crossover Event In Histor-

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DC 6 months ago

patrick the minion

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#22

Another Great Find In China

Another Great Find In China

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A B C 6 months ago

Who doesn't know Gucci, the trumpet-nosed piglet?

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#23

Ordered This From A Chinese Company On Amazon And Thought You Would Like It

Ordered This From A Chinese Company On Amazon And Thought You Would Like It

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MammaG 6 months ago

I am trying so hard not to bust out laughing at the office.

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#24

I Choose You, Chikapu!

I Choose You, Chikapu!

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Koalamonster 6 months ago

There's a demon quality here that is definitely under utilized in most licensed Pikachu merch.

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#25

Can’t Decide Where To Buy From

Can’t Decide Where To Buy From

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Aaron W 6 months ago

Good, I hate cold pizza.

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#26

Trans Boy

Trans Boy

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Full Name 6 months ago

He identifies as a robot (and an insect).

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#27

I Found A Japanese Knockoff Of The Movie “It”

I Found A Japanese Knockoff Of The Movie “It”

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ƒιѕн 6 months ago

Sorry, but That is not It.

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#28

My Little Terrified Pony

My Little Terrified Pony

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Hello it Smee 6 months ago

More like Depression Ponies

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#29

Just Visited The New Mall That Opened Recently And Saw This Beauty

Just Visited The New Mall That Opened Recently And Saw This Beauty

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Luis Milian 6 months ago

i would eat there

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#30

Gender Equality Meets Retro Gaming

Gender Equality Meets Retro Gaming

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Hello it Smee 6 months ago

That what get when you order off Wish.

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#31

My Favorite Crossover Movie

My Favorite Crossover Movie

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Kaisu 6 months ago

Boy deformation...

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#32

This "Playstation Controller"

This "Playstation Controller"

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Aramis 6 months ago (edited)

that is a rippa of a device

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#33

Definitely A Legitimate, Actual Apple Location. Very Real

Definitely A Legitimate, Actual Apple Location. Very Real

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ADHORTATOR 6 months ago

Man, it's official!

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#34

Bazoongis

Bazoongis

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better version of alex 6 months ago

the big bong theory: god took a huge bong hit and accidentally created the universe

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#35

"Winnie The Pooh" Blanket

"Winnie The Pooh" Blanket

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Sugar Latte 6 months ago

Ok I am very concerned about what this poor Pooh Bear is eating...the expression says it all...

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#36

The King Of The Magic Rings

The King Of The Magic Rings

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Jacob Allen 6 months ago

There are SO many things wrong with that picture

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#37

Don’t Know If This Is Crappy Or Clever Off Brand

Don’t Know If This Is Crappy Or Clever Off Brand

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Koalamonster 6 months ago

I'm guessing it works well with the demographic that they're going for. That is not as much a fail as a smart move where drunkass 20 somethings can giggle about where they're going.

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#38

How Did They Get Away With That!

How Did They Get Away With That!

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Hello it Smee 6 months ago (edited)

That is like off brand cereals with weird names. Other off brand restaurants: Burger Queen, Taco Chime, Jill In The Box, McDonnies….

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#39

Yea. It's Garfield

Yea. It's Garfield

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Camila Silva 6 months ago

Also... if a girl wears that...

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#40

When Torpedoes Aren’t Enough

When Torpedoes Aren’t Enough

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Aaron W 6 months ago

Does it come with lube?

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#41

I Present You The Pinnacle Of Shanghai Markets, A Hot Glue NY Yankees Hat

I Present You The Pinnacle Of Shanghai Markets, A Hot Glue NY Yankees Hat

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Koalamonster 6 months ago

Looks legit.

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#42

Perfect Games Don't Exi....

Perfect Games Don't Exi....

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nanashi 6 months ago

Reads on the back: "No one was paid for the production of this game."

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#43

Does This Count?

Does This Count?

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Koalamonster 6 months ago

It smells like despair and there's a 45 second delay between pushing the pump and anything happening.

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#44

I Have No Idea Who They Were Trying To Copy

I Have No Idea Who They Were Trying To Copy

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#45

Kia AirPods?

Kia AirPods?

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ADHORTATOR 6 months ago

perhaps a give away article?

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