The Knockoff Economy Is Out! Bring Your Questions for Kal Raustiala and Chris Sprigman

...innovation. To celebrate the release of The Knockoff Economy, let’s have a contest. Send your photos of crazy knockoff items to photo@freakonomics.com Here’s an example we saw a while ago...

Excerpt from The Knockoff Economy: Tweakonomics

Here is an excerpt from The Knockoff Economy: How Imitation Sparks Innovation , which has just been published by Oxford University Press. Over the next few weeks, we’ll be running...

The Authors of The Knockoff Economy Answer Your Questions

We want to thank everyone for their questions — it’s great to see people responding to, critiquing and, in some cases, tweaking, the ideas we set out in The Knockoff...

Winners of The Knockoff Economy Photo Contest

We are excited to the announce the winner of The Knockoff Economy contest for best photo of a knockoff. In fact, we are excited to announce that we have two...

Why Knockoffs Can Help Build a Strong Brand

...readers in a Q&A. We’ll also run a contest for the wackiest photo of a knockoff item. THE KNOCKOFF ECONOMYCONCLUSION The traditional justification for trademark law, which protects brands, has...

Is the N.F.L. More Feared Than the U.S. Government?

...that stores like this (and/or their suppliers) are not afraid of selling knockoff U.S. Government merchandise or knockoff MLB merchandise but that they are afraid of selling knockoff NFL merchandise?...

Why Do Patent Holders Sometimes Pay Patent Copiers?

...paid $400 million to a generic drug maker, Barr Laboratories, to settle their patent dispute. Why would the patent holder make such a huge payment to the knockoff artist, and...

How much would Pepsi pay to get Coke’s secret formula?

...price of the generic Coke knockoffs). This would clearly be terrible for Coke. It would probably also be bad for Pepsi. With Coke now much cheaper, people would switch from...

Shanzhai Skyscrapers

(Photo: Börkur Sigurbjörnsson) China is famously a hotbed of copying. Western firms constantly kvetch about Chinese knockoffs of their products—and often with good reason. China’s intellectual property laws are fairly...

The FREAK-est Links

Two arrested in “money-making potion” scam. (Hat tip: Consumerist) Are economists incapable of cognitive dissonance? Meteorite crashes in Peru, causes panic. Cigarette merchants sued for selling knockoff Marlboros....