Re: Is my homemade Jem considered a counterfeit?
So how do luthiers go who make high quality copies of RG/Jem etc series guitar? They are still using Ibanez IP to build copies of the guitar. Just because it doesn't have the Ibanez logo on it doesn't mean you haven't copied their [Ibanez] product. Thats like Ibanez just using the Floyd Rose Tremelo on their guitar, not putting a logo on it and saying' 'it's ok, it doesn't have your logo on it', so we don't need to pay for use of the patent . Or me writing a song and changing the name of it and then calling it a tribute - I am pretty sure it would still infringe copyright, in whole or in part.
I think Ibanez would care that we, 'as a community' are building copies of their product. We would likely be their key target market - most of us have multiples of their product and would like to buy more, so the makers of replicas are taking away from their [Ibanez's] market.
The irony is, is that as far as I am aware, Ibanez itself started out copying other manufactures products itself, so maybe they have nothing to complain about......