Posted 30 May 2014 - 16:29
This has been a very informative thread, and I am grateful to Moshe ben David for starting it and to all who have contributed. I can understand where Mr. ben David is coming from -- that copying design elements is immoral (and, perhaps, fattening) even when it is not illegal (because the legal protections have expired). However, this is not a hill on which I am willing to die.
As many others have already pointed out, 1) the legal protections on the design elements (if there ever were any) have expired, and 2) the Chinese companies are selling under their own names and model numbers; they are not trying to palm their products off as true Montblancs/Lamys/whatever. However, that argument will not convince those who see copying Parker's arrow clip as an immoral act, whatever the legal status of the copying might be. That's fine; there is plenty of room in my world for these kinds of disagreements, but until there is some kind of breach of the law, all we have here are differences of opinion. The Chinese pens may be clones, but unless and until the Chinese companies are attempting to sell them under the Montblanc, Parker, or Lamy labels, they are not counterfeits. They are cheap Chinese pens, and everyone who hasn't just fallen off the turnip truck knows that they are cheap Chinese pens.
For those who feel that they are taking the higher moral ground by not buying the Chinese lookalikes, I absolutely respect your opinion, and I absolutely respect your right to voice your opinion, but I absolutely do not share your opinion.
Until you ink a pen, it is merely a pretty stick. --UK Mike
My arsenal, in order of acquisition: Sailor 21 Pocket Pen M, Cross Solo M, Online Calligraphy, Monteverde Invincia F, Hero 359 M, Jinhao X450 M, Levenger True Writer M, Jinhao 159 M, Platinum Balance F, TWSBI Classic 1.1 stub, Platinum Preppy 0.3 F, 7 Pilot Varsity M
disposables refillables, Speedball penholder, TWSBI 580 USA EF, Pilot MR, Noodler's Ahab 1.1 stub, another Preppy 0.3, Preppy EF 0.2, ASA Sniper F, Click Majestic F, Kaweco Sport M, Pilot Prera F, Baoer 79 M (fake Starwalker), Hero 616 M (fake Parker), Jinhao X750 Shimmering Sands M . . .
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