D – The Plagiarius which is conferred by the Aktion Plagiarius e.V., has been putting the spotlight on damage caused by counterfeit products and fakes since 1977. The declared aim of the award that was initiated by the designer, Prof. Rido Busse, and which is feared as a negative award by brazen manufacturers and distributors is to draw attention to the unfair and in some cases criminal business practices of product and brand pirates from all over the globe in order to sensitise the industry, politicians and consumers for the problems this matter brings about. The trophy of the negative prize is a black dwarf with a golden nose, which stands as a symbol for the profits that the imitators make at the expense of the creative designers and the industry. On February 9, 2018 the Plagiarius was awarded for the 42th time at the Ambiente, the consumer goods fair in Frankfurt in the scope of an international press conference.
In the course of the award ceremony of the Plagiarius 2018, in total 24 entries collected three main prizes and seven awards of equal ranking. The injured parties also included famous companies from the promotional products industry such as koziol and Victorinox. The products that have received awards – since 1977 to today – are exhibited in the Plagiarius Museum in Solingen.