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Europe, and now Britain (2016), has criminalised the replica furniture industry. Meanwhile, in Australia, the thirst for fake designer furnishings accelerates .....
The British Government also made radical changes to UK Intellectual Property (IP) laws - aligning with Europe to protect their furniture and lighting industries - leaving Australia lagging a long way behind with extremely inadequate IP protection and open to legal design counterfeits.
"Australia is the 'Wild West' of fake designer furniture!"
David Trubridge, ABC Radio National
As a result, Australia is now targeted by unscrupulous local and international businesses that profit from cheap knock-offs of original furniture and lighting designs.
Consumers, businesses, and building industry professionals who think 'cheap is better' are perpetuating the market for cheap low-grade products, products not made to last. They either don't know or don't care what's real and what's fake, fueling a race to the bottom for the cheapest possible price.
"The culture of 'disposable decorating' feeds landfill and 'built to last' has been replaced by the notion of 'if it's broken chuck it out, get another one!' "
Anne-Maree Sargeant ADA®
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