The world’s leading designers of luxury wristwatches are making a concerted effort to stop the growing trend of copying traditional watch-faces on to smart devices.
TorrentFreak, the piracy news site, reports that big brands including Omega, Tissot, Certina and Mondaine have taken exception to so-called ‘pirate’ faces being made available for new smartwatches, and are now trying to remove them from the Internet. It is said that the companies are sending cease-and-desist notices to websites offering their watch-face designs for download, although they have not confirmed this publically.
Smartwatches are available from a range of firms including Samsung, Sony and LG. Next year Apple will launch a version.
Sites such as Facerepo currently offer users the chance to download a traditional face on to their smartwatches. The company told TorrentFreak that it acts quickly to remove watch-faces that are infringing copyright.