I believe that imitation has to exist to define the original. Trickled-down consumer products function that way in all market economies. MIT cable might be priced at 500$ but a budget imitation of the same design with other less quality materials might be priced at 50$ and give 60% of the original performance to the buyer. Think about it, you get 60% of the pleasure for 10% of the price. Its the capitalist way. And that is a good thing in some aspect because many young people have to start with small budget then move up above the 60% quota. That relating audiophiles, however you cant expect "regular" people who don't care much about sound quality to be legally pressured in to buying expensive quality cables just because you thought of something first and you can monopolize it. Mercedes is a quality car only because Hunday isn't, some people like driving a new Hunday for the price of old Mercedes. Imitation is the highest form of flattery. :)
MIT has its focused consumer target group - namely audiophiles/professionals and I'm certain that those are maniacally well informed consumers and can hardly be treated as ignorant on such matters without being insulted. If I'm going to buy a copy of a MIT cable its something I'll do consciously and for a reason.
However I honestly appreciate and like when a company publicly warns potential and active consumers about possible frauds and baldly flashes its pedigree and quality while at it. :) At least MIT has the moral right for this unlike many brands out here that don't.
As many renowned companies do these days, they sometimes drop lower in quality than their copies, or the performance gap is not 60-100% but 90-100% but their marketing department claims that consumers are being bamboozled by copies that give them 90% performance for 10% of the price. Hmmm I wonder who is doing the bamboozling here :). If someone is capable of copying 90 or even 60% of your product performance you should focus more on research and development to boost your 100% more instead of suppressing the catching up illegal competition with intellectual/trade laws. Let your consumers get 250% for their buck and we shall see how many Chinese factories can copy your product. If the copy is catching up, the flattery ends.
I respect and like the MIT products and pedigree. I also appreciate your public warning and recommendation, however I wrote the above opinion just to give you feedback from the other end of the purchase counter.
Keep up the good work and us start up young audiophiles will continue dreaming of one day owning your products.