No 3 - PLAGIARISM VERSUS INSPIRATION - Copyright is outdated , 30th of January, 2013

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30th of January, 2013
Designhuis
15:00 - 16:30

"What you really worry about in the design of furniture or in architecture are the bad copies, when your idea is used in a kind of booby way” - Charles Eames 

Plagiarism occurs in every discipline: in music, journalism and technology, and also in design. Remember the lawsuit of Miffy against Hello Kitty: the court ruled against Hello Kitty: one of its characters infringed on the copyright and trademark of Miffy, but Hello Kitty itself persists the character’s designs are not related. Is it still possible to protect products and concepts?

We are constantly surrounded by designed objects and design solutions in public space, the Internet, in books and in magazines. As such ideas spread rapidly and specifically designers are switched on to catch all of them. Therefore, when designing, it is sheer impossible to define the root of an idea or to trace your thinking back to something you were maybe not even aware of seeing. Sometimes your brilliant idea simultaneously appears to exist at the other side of the world; as if ideas rapidly spread across the world as viruses. The famous physician Richard Dawkins called this ‘Meme’. In relation to this, we could wonder whether ideas really spring from our minds or that people are simply carriers of these ‘viruses’.

How does this inflict on patenting for (design) products and concepts? When do you cross the line of inspiration or referencing to become plagiarism? What could happen if the world isn’t restricted by patents and ideas are free for all?

On the 30th of January, we will discuss the fine line between plagiarism and inspiration and whether there is a future for patents or if open data and knowledge will be the downfall for patents and plagiarism lawsuits.

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Christine Lacroix

Christine Lacroix

Gie van den Broek

Gie van den Broek

Bob Copray

Bob Copray

Since 2001 Christine Lacroix has been working for Plagiarius Consultancy GmbH and in 2002 she took over the position of the Managing Director. She is responsible for the operational business and the strategic planning. Major tasks are counsel and advice for designers and companies concerning the importance of IP rights as well as successful Anti-Counterfeiting-Strategies. A further focus is public relations in order to inform and sensitize the public practically about the extent, damages and dangers incurred by fakes and plagiarisms

Gie van den Broek is attorney-at-law at Deterink attorneys and notaries. His practice area is intellectual property law with a focus on fashion industry, trademarks and brand protection. Gie specializes in anti-counterfeiting measures and he developed a successful anti-counterfeiting program while working as a corporate lawyer for the brands McGregor and Gaastra.

Bob Copray (1968) studied at the School of Higher Arts Arnhem. In 1996 he started as an interior product designer in collaboration with Stefan Scholten: Copray & Scholten. Since 2001 he continued on his own name and has combined product design with interior design. For Mal, a young Eindhoven-based label by Bob Copray and Niels Wildenberg, he launched the 1956 (the label's first product) in 2011. Mal aims to develop products that are a reflection of current design and manufacturing practices. The 1956 is inspired on a 50’s icon.

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Design Debates

Eindhoven strives to be the Design Capital of Europe. These ambitions make sense, with a flourishing design network, impressive design and art galleries, a smart and creative region and of course the world famous Dutch Design Week.
A Design Capital needs a platform to discuss, feed the design climate, to cross boundaries with other disciplines and of course connect all players (and players-to-be) within the field. Therefore Eindhoven-based cultural and educational institutions Design Academy Eindhoven, MU, The New Institute, Capital D founded the Design Debates platform. The platform is supported by critical friends: Baltan Laboratories, Alice, Capital D. Every month Design Debates Eindhoven will host an afternoon debate at the Designhuis in Eindhoven.

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