Watchmakers are cracking down on bootleg smartwatch faces
Did you get a G Watch R or Moto 360 and promptly give it a watch face that simulates a mechanical timepiece? Do not rely on doing that once more. TorrentFreak understands that watchmakers like Omega, Panerai, Swatch and Tissot are sending takedown requests to websites internet hosting smartwatch faces that allegedly violate “trademark, copyright and design rights.” The businesses aren’t talking on the report, however that is extra about authorized obligation than trying to guard gross sales — if they do not crack down on bootleg digital faces, they will have a more durable time taking motion towards actual-world counterfeits.
FaceRepo and different affected watch face hosts are often fast to honor these requests, they usually’re implementing filters to stop troublesome uploads. With that stated, a few of these watch faces are nonetheless comparatively straightforward to seek out. I shortly noticed a Moto 360 duplicate of Patek Philippe’s Grandmaster Chime, an extremely-uncommon watch whose actual model prices a whopping $2.6 million. It is uncertain that watch manufacturers will sue so long as their takedowns succeed; many of those faces can be found at no cost, and it is uncertain that there are any misplaced gross sales when many of those analog watches are far costlier than smartwatches. Nonetheless, it is clear that watch face piracy goes be an issue for a very long time to return.