If you had to guess, what would you say the value of counterfeit goods in 2015 might be?
Hint: it’s probably higher than you think.
According to the International Chamber of Commerce it’s $1.7 Trillion. 1
Yep, that’s real U.S. dollars, and a hefty increase up from $650 billion back in 2008.
With Be Original Americas, we’re working to protect the history of design and the future of innovation. Here’s the good news: You’re invited to join us to inform, educate and influence the public on the value of original design. Together we can campaign to establish a set of industry standards that incentivize innovation and encourage investment in the future of design. Go ahead – Join the movement, be original.
Here are five ways you can join the cause and ignite a movement:
Pledge Your Support: Join us at just the right level – From student followers to architecture firms to museum members, you can select your level of support for this important cause.
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Report a Knockoff: Spot a knockoff? We’re currently compiling a database of deceptive copies in the marketplace, called NOT ORIGINAL. Contact us with any examples of original designs that are being copied and sold here.
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Get Educated: Follow Be Original news for more to come, including a how-to on spotting knockoffs, the best ways to get involved, and how to make a difference.
Stay tuned – We’ll be announcing new events in 2015 soon and look forward to seeing you there.
1. Source: CNN Money, http://money.cnn.com/2012/09/27/news/economy/counterfeit-goods/index.html