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Re: a lovely bit of plagiarism

Postby Hoodzy » October 12th, 2010, 6:37 pm


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It would technically be infringement of copyright.. given it has a design patent. Otherwise fair game.

It also says they must be substantially similar. I would need to do more research to find out what that exactly meant.
What I've heard is that once a certain percentage of the product is different it is no longer infringement of that patent??

Re: a lovely bit of plagiarism

Postby Hoodzy » October 14th, 2010, 4:22 pm


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Re: a lovely bit of plagiarism

Postby GEBS » October 15th, 2010, 10:02 pm

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joyride wrote:Im not going to lie, this type of thing happens to me all the time. My team's pride is consistently beat down by the 'suits' who only want what is already on the market. 'If it isnt out there, it must not be good enough' seems like the motto around here some days. In an effort to change this, we just keep throwing ideas at them and some have began to stick. Sounds like in the next few months we will be getting a few more departments to design for, so apparently our persistence is working. Regardless, it is pretty sad that some people think that it is ok to do things like that.




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Re: a lovely bit of plagiarism

Postby holtag » February 8th, 2011, 3:59 am

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oh no's! it's spreading!

I just came across a Black and Decker product that has a somewhat similar 'vent' treatment: Image

The black sidepanels were non-existent in their product line-up before. So I'm guessing the designers were directly influenced by the powerwasher I started this thread with, which was directly copied from an Alienware design. Ah well, they must not have wanted to venture too far out of the box...

Re: a lovely bit of plagiarism

Postby chriscarter » February 8th, 2011, 4:50 am


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Ah come off it, I doubt that Black and Decker has any connection to the PC case or the pressure washer. Vents like that are a pretty common styling feature - something to accent the durability and toughness of a product.

Re: a lovely bit of plagiarism

Postby holtag » February 8th, 2011, 6:09 am

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connection? no. influenced by? maybe.

i just did a quick google image search on pressure washers and distinctive side panels with crossbracing/vents are not a common trait at all. so all i'm saying is that i'm noticing a similarity, and possibly a trend (if it starts showing up on more models/brands). or i might be reaching, also entirely possible. :D

Re: a lovely bit of plagiarism

Postby Mr-914 » February 8th, 2011, 8:36 am

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holtag: I think this shows how much of a trend setter the Core77 boards have become. We are changing design!
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Re: a lovely bit of plagiarism

Postby Cameron » February 8th, 2011, 9:49 am

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I do some work for a former Alienware guy, and he has a few of the original towers at his place. They are actually surprising nice in person. They look more like a classic streamlined appliance design than a tacky PC tower.
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