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Registration for Plagiarius Competition 2024

Aktion Plagiarius e.V. is again looking for the most brazen plagiarisms! The following text with details on the “Plagiarius Competition 2024” is taken from an article by Aktion Plagiarius e.V.:

Over the past decades the huge publicity of “Plagiarius” has often accomplished a deterring effect and thus the participation at the competition has proven successful for many companies and designers. Due to fear of public disgrace and bad publicity, many of the nominated imitators were seeking a settlement and have i.e. withdrawn their remaining stock from the market, signed cease and desist letters or revealed their suppliers.

Furthermore, the participating companies send a clear signal that they refuse to accept counterfeits but rather consistently hold the imitators accountable for their unfair behaviour. 

Also, the multifaceted factual examples of brand- and product piracy are most important for the sensitisation of the public and the consumers.

The Plagiarius-Competition is already announced for the 48th time. Since 1977, Aktion Plagiarius e.V. grants its anti-prize “Plagiarius” to those manufacturers and distributors whom the jury has found guilty of making or selling “the most flagrant” (design) imitations and fakes. The goal is to denounce the unscrupulous business methods of counterfeiters who pilfer intellectual property and pass it off as their own creative achievement; as well as to raise public awareness of this complex problem that exists among industry, politicians and consumers. The black gnome with a golden nose trophy awarded is a symbol of the exorbitant earnings product pirates collect at the cost of innovative companies. This gnome was created to express the German aphorism “to earn oneself a golden nose” which means, “to earn a fortune”.

Prior to evaluating submissions and selecting the “anti-prize winners”, Aktion Plagiarius notifies the imitator that he has been nominated and provides him with an opportunity to share his point of view. The annually changing Plagiarius Jury takes this response, in addition to general case-related information, into consideration during their evaluation.

The award ceremony/press conference of “Plagiarius 2024” will take place “at the “Ambiente” in Frankfurt. All entries will be shown at the Plagiarius Special Show. Afterwards the prize winners will be shown in Museum Plagiarius in Solingen and at Plagiarius exhibitions and events.

The application forms, information on the documents to be submitted and further details about the competition can be found in the original article. Please note that entries must be made by 30 September 2023 (early bird tariff) or by the closing date on 30 October 2023 at the latest.