A Chinese copy is an exact copy of something, reproducing its defects as well as its other qualities.


The Chinese wrote their histories and other documents upon perishable material such as bamboo. To preserve them, they developed the custom of regularly copying them.[1] In their craft and engineering traditions, such as shipbuilding, literacy was not common and so manufactures were reproduced by eye.[2]

Exact copies may be made to reverse-engineer a product. Such copies, if produced without the involvement or consent of the original designer, may constitute an infringement of a patent, trademark or copyright.[3]


The following are cases where use of the term "Chinese copy" correctly implies the close imitation of existing products.

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