Factory Produced nearly $20 Million of Counterfeitshttp://blogs.wsj.com/chinarealtime/2015/07/27/chinese-firm-made-fake-iphones-worth-19-4-million-police-say/
Customer holds iPhone 6 in NYC Adrees Latif/Reuters
1) What evidence cited in the article is most helpful in forming your opinion? Should there be patents? What evidence is needed to help you defend your position? What are the limits to borrowing/taking/stealing an idea from a corporation?
2) Why might a hip-hop artist think differently about this than an author? In what ways might an actor in a Shakespeare play think similarly as the owner of the factory? How would you feel about this if you were Chinese?
3) To what degree is this connected to film? Sports? Math? Is this connected to something I've seen before?
4) In what ways would this story be different if it was a factory in Norway? If the factory was producing fake Beats headphones?
5) Is this story significant whether someone has an iPhone or not? To whom might this be most significant? What are the long-term consequences of intellectual property infringement?
1) Students can research intellectual property rights and why China is often in the conversation and propose a policy that could benefit both sides.
2) Students can write a response to the statement "Imitation is the sincerest form of flattery" as it relates to this story.
3) Students can research "patent trolls" and defend their position on Jim Logan and his company taking legal action against popular podcasters.