Plagiarius prize winner 2021
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Plagiarius 2021: Against flagrant idea theft – for innovation and fair competition
The “Plagiarius” negative prize was conferred on 16 April 2021 for the 45th time – for the first time in a virtual press conference due to corona. Already since 1977, the association Aktion Plagiarius e.V. has been awarding the dreaded mock prize to the manufacturers and distributors of exceptionally flagrant plagiarisms and imitations. The distinction provides no information as to whether a product imitation is allowed or illegal in terms of the law. Instead, the objective of Aktion Plagiarius is to raise public awareness of the unscrupulous business practices of product and brand pirates and sensitize industry, politicians and consumers to this problem. The trophy is a black gnome with a golden nose. The latter symbolizes the exorbitant earnings unimaginative imitators collect at the cost of creative and innovative companies.
Before the jury, which changes annually, selects the winners, the alleged plagiarists are informed of their nomination and given the opportunity to issue a statement. The jury has no interest in stigmatizing the legal products of competitors. Instead, the objective is to draw attention to brazen one-to-one imitations that are intentionally designed to have a confusingly similar appearance to the original product and exhibit no creative or design effort whatsoever on the part of the imitator. Fortunately, due to fear of exposure by being conferred the “Plagiarius”, numerous plagiarists have sought a settlement with the original manufacturer and have, for example, taken the remainder of their plagiarized stock off the market, signed cease-and-desist declarations or revealed their suppliers.