Ok. I’m going to clarify all your postos, ‘csven’ and ‘nydesignguy’.
Piracy and Intellectual Property
It is just very hard to keep people off buying pirated products. Here in my city for instance, if you’ve just formated your computer, and you don’t have the latest version of, let’s say, Windows, all you have to do is go to a place called ‘CAMELÃ“DROMO’ and buy your brand new cd for less than 10% the price of an authentic copy. Maybe if there were any control over the people using the softwares, but there isn’t.
I think that at least half of the computers here are using illegal copies of their softwares. It doesn’t apply for companies though. If you get caught using a software or any unregistered product at your work, the law can be very harsh. So, companies do use registered and legal copies.
But I’ve never heard of anyone that got caught at home because was using an illegal copy of any software. In fact, mp3’s are everywhere, and I’ve never met someone who have bought an mp3 on the web. It’s that simple. Get Limewire/eMule/BitTorrent and download it. For free.
For products in general it’s happening the same thing. Specially for electronics. And in my humble opinion it is just the government fault. The import taxes are just too high. A Macbook 2.0Ghz here costs U$3.000,00. While if I pay someone to bring it to me from Paraguai I can get it for U$1800. It is a big difference. Specially knowing that the product is exactly the same (yeah, they buy it directly from apple). Movies and music cd’s are the same thing. People here in general do not have money to pay for a CD. They prefer to get a copied cd for 1/3 of the price of an original one.
I could stay answering your questions for hours here, giving you examples, but I think you got the idea, right?
No fiscalization, no control, easy access, much more affordable. Shame.
(If you have a question on a specific matter I would be glad to answer, though.)
We do have pretty good industrial designers over here. And graphic ones as well. Have you heard of VW Fox? It was 100% designed and developed for brazilians.
The Campana brothers (although I particularly don’t like them) are quite famous overseas. Give it a look.
We have a long way to go, but if you do a little research you’ll find out that we do have good design. We ARE well-known by our creativity. We just don’t get out enough for you guys to see it. Even the government is supporting national design through a website that is trying to create a network and a co-work environment for professionals, students and companies.
Check out the english version …
Hopefully I could clarify some issues.
Pardon me for my poor english!