Soapbox: Counterfeit Open Source Hardware — Knockoffs 101
Pictured above, a counterfeit Arduino
I'm a 15-minute walk from Canal Street, NYC, home of counterfeit everything. Men and women from around the world stand shoulder to shoulder shouting "Looyee-Vatton, DVD, Roll-Ex." Tourists flock to this location looking for a cheap deal on a knockoff purse or watch — some tourists think they're real, most just want a deal. When you build a brand that represents something of value, eventually you get knocked off.