The Corporate Identity Theft of NEC

In what has to be the most impressive display of criminal initiative that we’ve ever seen, an organized group of conspirators in Japan, China, and Taiwan managed to convince dozens of factories in the latter two countries that they represented Japan’s NEC Corp., and got them to manufacture pirated products under the NEC brand.Not only did the pirates duplicate versions of real NEC devices — which, according to NEC, were “of generally good quality” — they actually began producing their own line of NEC-branded products, developed with R&D commissioned by NEC business card-carrying “executives.” All-in-all, the pirates had a product lineup of some fifty different items, ranging from home theater equipment to MP3 players to PC peripherals, and were even thoughtful enough to include counterfeit manuals and warranty documents with their goods.