Ter wrote:I buy fake luxury watches and clothes and bags to my heart's content on the streets of Bangkok and now also here in Dhaka. I know I am devaluing the value of those original goods but that warms my heart.
The question is : who do I harm by doing this ?
A trademark is intended to expedite consumer choice and represent a certain quality of goods. It takes very little time to make a facsimile of a Rolex, but it takes approximately a year to create an actual Rolex. One intent of counterfeiters is to charge unsuspecting consumers the full retail price of a Rolex, which might run $8k. The resale of the actual Rolex will command a substantial price, but the fake will not. It is in effect fraud.
You are not fooled by the fact that you are wearing a fake, but an unsuspecting consumer may be fooled and bilked out of thousands of dollars for something that is worth a fraction of what they pay.
When I sold my Rolex--I rarely ever wore it--the jeweler examined every detail of the watch to ensure it was not counterfeit. That is because Rolex facsimiles are aesthetically very close to an actual Rolex, but the movement is not even close.
States upholding trademarks are upholding trust in commerce generally. States that do not uphold trademarks are generally not as prosperous as those that do.