D – The negative Plagiarius prize, which has been conferred by the Plagiarius Campaign e.V. since 1977, draws public attention to damage caused by copies and fakes. The declared aim of the negative prize that was devised by the designer, Professor Rido Busse and which is feared by brazen manufacturers and distributors, is to raise awareness about the unfair and in some cases criminal business practises of product and brand pirates from all over the world, in order to sensitise the industry, politicians and consumers on this problematic subject. On February 10, 2017 the Plagiarius was awarded for the 41st time at the consumer goods trade show, the Ambiente, in Frankfurt during an international press conference.
At the award ceremony of this year’s Plagiarius 2017, of the 27 entries submitted, three were awarded main prizes and seven distinctions of equal ranking. The companies affected also included well-known companies from the promotional products industry such as koziol and Take2-Design. The distinguished products – dating back from 1977 to today – are showcased in the Plagiarius Museum in Solingen.