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Chinese Company Creates Counterfeit Martin Guitars
WFMZ TV ^ | 2/23/11 | Stephanie Esposito

Posted on 02/24/2011 7:51:52 AM PST by Dr. Scarpetta

UPPER NAZARETH TWP., Pa. -- A Northampton County guitar company says its brand has been high jacked and there's not much that can be done about it.

Counterfeit Martin Guitars are being sold in China and the company doing it isn't breaking any national laws.

Martin Guitar has been making guitars in Northampton County for 178 YEARS.

Just recently it decided to expand its market to China.

When the owners tried to register, they found that someone else had already trade marked their name and was putting it on what they call poorly made guitars.

"A Chinese national has highjacked our brand and is making, unfortunately, poorly made copies of Martin guitars with my families name on them," said CEO of Martin Guitar, C.F. Martin.

It's a sour note for Martin Guitar Company.

"Stop putting my name on your guitars. It's just not right," said Martin.

"It appears that the Chinese government has sanctioned the counterfeiting," said Martin.

"In China it really is the first person to register the brand gets to own it. Even if they didn't found the brand."

A simple Google search of "Martin Guitars" and the word "China" results in an ebay guide warning consumers about the fraud.

"You can feel it," said Martin, holding one of the fake guitars with his name on it.

"You can feel it's crack and it will eventually pull itself apart and implode."

(Excerpt) Read more at wfmz.com ...


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1 posted on 02/24/2011 7:51:57 AM PST by Dr. Scarpetta
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2 posted on 02/24/2011 7:53:58 AM PST by Dr. Scarpetta
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Nazareth, PA

3 posted on 02/24/2011 7:55:56 AM PST by Dr. Scarpetta
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Man, that’s rough. Martin — the American one — is the finest acoustic guitar I’ve ever played.


4 posted on 02/24/2011 7:58:44 AM PST by dayglored (Listen, strange women lying in ponds distributing swords is no basis for a system of government!)
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To: Dr. Scarpetta

The Japanese did this in the 1950s.
Some mechanical parts were stamped “Made in USA.”

Upon investigation, the parts were said to have been made in Usa, Japan, a tiny fishing village...


5 posted on 02/24/2011 7:58:51 AM PST by Eric in the Ozarks (Go Hawks !)
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6 posted on 02/24/2011 7:59:10 AM PST by JoeProBono (A closed mouth gathers no feet - Visualize)
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To: Eric in the Ozarks
http://www.snopes.com/business/genius/usa.asp.
7 posted on 02/24/2011 8:00:35 AM PST by 1rudeboy
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To: dayglored; Eric in the Ozarks; JoeProBono; 1rudeboy

"C. F. Martin produced a total of 80 black D-42JC Johnny Cash Signature Model guitars in 1997, #1 of which Cash played for the rest of his life, except for a short period when it went back to Nazareth for repairs after an onstage mishap. But, for years previous to the arrival of his D-42JC, Johnny Cash’s favorite Martin was a modified D-35 Custom, his – and Martin's – first with an original polished black finish. It was this guitar that Cash played on stage for nearly 20 years."

8 posted on 02/24/2011 8:03:42 AM PST by Dr. Scarpetta
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Famous Martin Owners

http://www.martinguitar.com/artists/famous.php


9 posted on 02/24/2011 8:06:04 AM PST by Dr. Scarpetta
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Reason #756,427 why.....You support Free Trade with Communist China...you are a Communist

Hope Martin can get this situation fixed. Unfortunately, too many of the Free Trade Communists support the Communist Chinese over American companies


10 posted on 02/24/2011 8:06:17 AM PST by UCFRoadWarrior (Newt Gingrich and Chris Matthews: Seperated at Birth??)
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They do this with everything.
In my line of business, I have to look out for counterfeit ICs (Integrated Circuits) chips.......
It’s their mindset for thousands of years. Copying someone else’s product is not considered a crime or immoral, it’s normal. They have no sense of intellectual property rights, it’s a foreign concept to them.
A man I used to work for had his electronic product design essentially stolen from him, overnight. The people he was working with were busy making ‘his’ product under their own brand, all the while telling him there were ‘delays’ and stalling his product’s debut........


11 posted on 02/24/2011 8:09:19 AM PST by Red Badger (Want to be surprised? Google your own name. Want to have fun? Google your friend's names.....)
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Many people are not aware of this problem.


12 posted on 02/24/2011 8:11:21 AM PST by Dr. Scarpetta
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To: 1rudeboy

My dad was a procurement officer for the Army in Japan. I don’t think he never saw any “Made in Usa” parts but heard the story plenty of times.

Seems it was always the Navy buyer who got duped.


13 posted on 02/24/2011 8:13:33 AM PST by Eric in the Ozarks (Go Hawks !)
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To: JoeProBono
That looks like a Takamine

Probably a Chinese knockoff too.
14 posted on 02/24/2011 8:15:01 AM PST by Electric Graffiti (Crush your enemies, see them driven before you, and hear the lamentation of their Moonbats)
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To: Eric in the Ozarks

I first heard the story during the 1980’s, when the Japanese were going to own us all.


15 posted on 02/24/2011 8:16:38 AM PST by 1rudeboy
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To: Dr. Scarpetta
It happens with, as I said, EVERYTHING.

They see a device or object and perceive it as a thing that can be copied and manufactured for profit, not as the sole property of the designer. Like the 'wheel' or anything that has been around for centuries, it is the same to them. They simply cannot understand Western thinking that you are not to copy this thing for yourself. This problem has been around for quite a while, not just when a famous musical instrument maker gets burned..............

16 posted on 02/24/2011 8:21:33 AM PST by Red Badger (Want to be surprised? Google your own name. Want to have fun? Google your friend's names.....)
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To: Red Badger

I hear of this time and time again. And still American Companies in the search for short term profits get burned.

When I was a young lad I had the chance to visit the National Museum of China. The displays of Artwork were stunning even for a 11 year old. But I remember then my teacher making a comment about how the artists who made these beautiful things were never remembered and comparing it to Westerners who always made the attempt to identify the artist with the work.

Example would be Michelangelo and the Sistine Chapel ceiling.

In China there has never been a concept of Intellectual Property, never. It was always dog eat dog and if someone had a good idea, take it, use it. It might be the difference between surviving or not.


17 posted on 02/24/2011 8:23:01 AM PST by The Working Man
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To: Dr. Scarpetta

Chinese Company Creates Counterfeit _________________

(fill in the blank....almost anything will do...)


18 posted on 02/24/2011 8:24:14 AM PST by Buckeye McFrog
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Report this fraud at the following links:

http://www.ic3.gov/complaint/default.aspx

http://www.fraud.org/welcome.htm

https://econsumer.ftccomplaintassistant.gov/


19 posted on 02/24/2011 8:25:01 AM PST by NowApproachingMidnight (purple durple lips)
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That is exactly right. They consider everything ‘fair game’. If your design works better than the (stolen) one I currently use, then I will use yours. Kinda like evolution theory, survival of the fittest.............


20 posted on 02/24/2011 8:26:21 AM PST by Red Badger (Want to be surprised? Google your own name. Want to have fun? Google your friend's names.....)
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