Buckstar, Pizza Huh, McDnoald’s Open


Even Chinese net users are having difficulty stomaching these photographs, which seem to take the unique Chinese approach to respecting intellectual property to new heights (or depths):







Via Heaven.

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    Comment by mi
    11:58 26/03/2009 # ! Neutral (0)

    are those jokes?
    they are all lined up
    maybe the owner has nothing else to think

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    Comment by hurricane567
    03:51 26/03/2009 # ! Neutral (0)

    Buckstar? With a different logo and some decent coffee that could work.

    Comment by NUBFIGHT4
    11:14 12/04/2009 # ! Neutral (0)

    pizza huh? LOL THEY 4GOT THERE LINE'S XD
    pizza huh~

    Comment by Anonymous
    18:03 23/02/2009 # ! Neutral (0)

    Piracy Lane... my new favorite street.

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    Comment by Katameido
    02:25 02/02/2009 # ! Neutral (0)

    Wowesome,a road full of faked brand premises. The last pic somewhat brings a creepy ghost town atmosphere..

    Comment by Anonymous
    00:13 25/02/2009 # ! Neutral (0)

    If you look closely you'll see that all stores are empty. The signs were probably made to make the place look more attractive for parties interested in renting commercial property there.

    Comment by Anonymous125
    18:03 13/07/2009 # ! Neutral (0)

    I guess in China, copyright and intellectual properties mean nothing.

    Comment by Anonymous
    23:10 20/03/2009 # ! Neutral (0)

    I'm glad it was 1 eleven instead of 9 eleven...

    Comment by Anonymous
    06:27 03/09/2009 # ! Neutral (0)

    Brilliant idea on the developers' part to attract attention to available commercial space.

    The only thing better would be naked bitches. Man, I'd buy some naked bitches.

    Comment by Anonymous
    12:08 22/07/2011 # ! Neutral (0)

    Then there's also Fake rice & fake egg case. Seriously, ths is what happens when have materialistic culture.

    Comment by Anonymous
    07:46 06/10/2011 # ! Neutral (0)

    LOL Pizza HUH

    Comment by Anonymous
    21:33 06/10/2011 # ! Neutral (0)

    Guess they can't get away with it in real life like they can in anime.

    Comment by Anonymous
    02:58 23/05/2010 # ! Neutral (0)

    first step in world domination of made in china

    Comment by Cryrsis
    16:52 11/01/2009 # ! Neutral (0)

    This is obviously a prank! Look at the shops, they are located next to each other

    Comment by BuggyBY
    09:20 12/01/2009 # ! Neutral (0)

    Looks more like the mutants are breeding to me.

    Comment by Anonymous
    03:14 14/05/2010 # ! Neutral (0)

    I am probably late to reply on this.

    Once I thought they are stupid faked shops, but one time in China I found that those are used at unfinished and unrented buildings to try to signify they would be rented by famous stores.

    So...... they are not actually fake ones in terms of operating stores, but still they are fake signs.

    Comment by Anonymous
    00:31 19/07/2009 # ! Neutral (0)

    I laughed, then got annoyed.

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    Comment by 張凱恩
    02:46 10/11/2008 # ! Neutral (0)

    文安街in南京, eh? Maybe I will visit that place this december haha.

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    Comment by Artefact

    Interesting to see if they are still around by then... I suppose they would be?

    Comment by Anonymous
    22:43 16/03/2009 # ! Neutral (0)

    pics looks too old to be around...

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    Comment by Seravy
    04:30 10/11/2008 # ! Neutral (0)

    Yeah I guess trademarks are somewhat different from copyright. However people should decide what to buy from the quality of the product, not by the name written on it. Even the same company's products are good in one country and crap in another sometimes... Trademarks...well, I think the products should be identified by the company name, and product name, like "PS2 from Sony", or "Hamburger from McDonalds". As long as laws don't allow two companies of the same name, there is no problem, even if the product name is the same. Having a similar but different name is not exactly fair, but people should pay more attention when buying, that's all. If they don't read the name, only think, "yeah it looks like it usually does", well then it's their fault. I once bought a 4th edition card on ebay instead of 4 pieces of it...And it was obviously my fault, I didn't read it, just looked "yeah this is also 4 like the other was". So in this case the Chinese are right. I doubt there are any REAL McDonalds in China that can lose customers anyway.
    Writing Sony on your product if you are not Sony should be illegal, that I agree with. Writing Sonny with "nn" is ok, however. If someone is stupid enough to buy a Sonny Ps2 instead of an original, he deserves it. This is the same as if you don't read a contract and sign it, it's also your fault.

    As for IP laws... here is what should be done IMHO :
    The information needs to be made only once, no matter whether it is a book, movie or something else. So it should be paid for only once, by the entity who needs the product to be made. In case of essential software for everyday life,like operating systems firewalls, and basic applications, governments, or something like a United Governments of the World could pay for the development. (Yeah we are far from that, but all countries are paying for such stuff anyway so it's better for governments too.) For more specialized software, a countrywide or even worldwide union of people in that field of work could pay. For anime, music and other things in entertainment business, a county (for localised version) or worldwide (for the original (English/Japanese or where it is being made) version) union of TV channels, radios, and movie theaters could be the one paying. After it's been made and paid for, everyone on the planet should be allowed to access it for free. In this system, if the actual work done is not good enough (bad anime, bad quality OS etc), it won't be accepted, and paid for, unlike the current system where marketing is more important than the actual quality of products, as that makes more people buy it, quality is only secondary in most places.
    Think about it...what did Microsoft make the richest company in only a few years? They made one copy of windows and sold it about a few hundred million times at least. That's obviously not fair. If I were to make a car...I couldn't sell it more than once.

    Comment by math4origami
    05:47 10/11/2008 # ! Neutral (0)

    I agree that IP with digital information has to be changed. But I don't think you can compare it to physical objects, like cars. Software is infinitesimally easy to duplicate and distribute, unlike cars, unless you are saying two tons of metals, plastics, and rubber, and gas for transportation, and man hours for construction, are equal to the plastic in a dvd and electricity for a dvd burner.

    The problem is that it's so easy to duplicate someone's work in the digital world. That doesn't mean that the original product took less work to design, plan, and develop. Many popular programs take years to develop, thousands of man hours to produce, just like cars take years to design and develop. It's just the problem of duplication of that design, and distribution.

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    Comment by Kuro
    08:15 10/11/2008 # ! Neutral (0)

    No. Just no.

    I admit "Pizza Huh" Is catchy. They should make a new brand from that, not even trying to rip off the Hut. But I will be avoiding food from China like the plague. I prefer my protein not replaced by plastic resin.

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    Comment by Actar
    01:00 10/11/2008 # ! Neutral (0)

    I could swear that this is a prank... Photoshoped?

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    Comment by vitrium
    01:17 10/11/2008 # ! Neutral (0)

    prank? have you seen the chinese automotive industry? Many models are total ripoffs of real brands!

    But having all these knock off stores next to eachother in the same block is a little suspect.

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    Comment by TheBeast
    23:30 02/12/2009 # ! Neutral (0)

    also the animation industry. they are totally without shame.

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    Comment by Nanaya
    20:34 09/11/2008 # ! Neutral (0)

    For a moment I thought it was one of those restaurants on-screen that anime usually has...

    Then I realized it was China.

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    Comment by XSportSeeker
    00:31 10/11/2008 # ! Neutral (0)

    My thoughts exactly!
    Well, someone still need to do a "brand name rip-off on animes" video, pic or topic.

    Comment by Lord Byegone
    03:56 10/11/2008 # ! Neutral (0)

    xD pensé lo mismo

    Comment by Efreet
    21:15 09/11/2008 # ! Neutral (0)

    At first I laughed, then I cried...

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    Comment by metatron
    21:23 09/11/2008 # ! Neutral (0)

    Oh U China~

    You make us cry ;A;

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    Comment by maru
    21:59 09/11/2008 # ! Neutral (0)

    Creativity being abused.

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    Comment by smakoto
    22:10 29/12/2008 # ! Neutral (0)

    Man, the McDnoald's weren't even trying. I mean, Pizza Huh was at least an awesome name.

    Comment by TerrawindX2
    17:30 11/11/2008 # ! Neutral (0)

    Anyone remember Shrek 2?

    Anyway, here in Malaysia, there's one location with two or three restaurants close to each other which deliberately ripped off KFC, Burger King and Mcdonalds. I think it's some kind of tourist joke. I saw it with my own eyes....

    I think it was KMC or something like that. I couldn't get a photo of them though.

    Comment by HolyCow
    20:16 18/01/2009 # ! Neutral (0)

    KLG in Ipoh? I LOLed hard at them.

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    Comment by firaku
    23:02 16/11/2008 # ! Neutral (0)


    Comment by vince
    09:52 11/11/2008 # ! Neutral (0)

    Well you guys were being fooled by the topic. These were a little trick devised by a real estimate developer who want to attract eyeballs. They are not real businesses. Take a closer look, there are nothing inside the glass and all these doorways are in a same style. The chinese sign in photo 2 & 8 have told you what it was for. it says "available for leasing".

    Comment by Hideko
    02:42 14/11/2008 # ! Neutral (0)

    bingo! you got the right answer.

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    Comment by raikentb
    07:59 11/11/2008 # ! Neutral (0)

    Pizza Huh reminds me of Pizza Kapu(Cap), this pizza place in Japan that got it's name from the Pizza Hut logo looking similar to a hat.

    Comment by Hideko
    09:07 10/11/2008 # ! Neutral (0)

    dude! this is just for fun!
    the property developers just want to make a "virtual plaza" and not to violate those stores' trademark copyright.

    Comment by kareal
    10:57 10/11/2008 # ! Neutral (0)

    If there are any chinese speakers, did anyone else found Pizza HUH and wantons as funny as i did? :P

    Comment by ynfiltra
    22:58 10/11/2008 # ! Neutral (0)


    chinese people are idiots!!!

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    Comment by Seravy

    This is a great example to show us how unreasonable the entire concept of "intellectual property" is. Information is not a physical object, it cannot be treated the same way objects are. Copyright laws should be replaced by something based on an entirely different concept.

    Comment by DarkMirage
    22:20 09/11/2008 # ! Neutral (+0.4)

    I'm a supporter of reforming copyright laws, but this is a terrible example.

    Trademarks are not copyrights. Unlike copyrights which only benefit the owner, trademarks are important to everyone because they allow consumers to identify trustworthy products. Infringement of trademark has more serious implications than infringement of copyright because it destroys a fundamental requirement for proper trade to exist.

    Without enforced trademark laws, there will be chaos because regulations such as drug laws and product safety requirements will become meaningless when no one can even be sure whose product is faulty.

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    Comment by Arokan
    03:42 10/11/2008 # ! Neutral (+0.2)

    McDonalds + trustworthy products?
    What planet do you live on?

    Comment by DarkMirage
    09:42 10/11/2008 # ! Neutral (+0.4)

    In that case, they also allow you to identify products that you should avoid.

    Without trademark laws, McDonalds can simply rename itself Subway.

    Comment by Anonymous
    17:11 05/10/2011 # ! Neutral (0)

    Uh, McDonalds does have trustworthy product, by and large.

    The fact is that NOTHING they have sold for the past 30 years is ANY less or more 'healthy' than what is made in the average American home.

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    Comment by TheBeast
    23:29 02/12/2009 # ! Neutral (0)

    i don't imagine every chinese is as underhanded as the business counterpart. that would be like assuming i am a fat, stupid, warmonger just because i am from america.

    Comment by Anonymous
    13:21 15/11/2008 # ! Neutral (0)

    lol china man talking about trademark laws

    Comment by Neo
    21:48 09/11/2008 # ! Neutral (+0.2)

    Huh? What would you replace IP laws with?

    If we didn't have IP laws, we'd see this crap EVERYWHERE, not just in china.

    Comment by Violet
    11:35 10/07/2009 # ! Neutral (0)

    This is quite possibly one of the funniest things I've seen in my entire life.

    Comment by Anonymous
    20:58 05/10/2011 # ! Neutral (0)

    you're linking trademark laws to copyright laws?! god you're an idiot.

    Comment by Anonymous
    23:56 16/12/2010 # ! Neutral (0)

    It seems you misunderstand how the courts interpret and apply Intellectual Property Laws. In most democratic republics, the test of whether there is infringement of intellectual property rights is not determined simply by the name or design, but by the tendency to cause confusion among the relevant majority of the buying public. It takes into consideration the nature of the product and the degree of diligence the buying public would usually exercise on buying the product.

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