The term knockoff is often used interchangeably with "counterfeit," although their legal meanings are not identical. A "knockoff" is a colloquial term which describes products that copy or imitate the physical appearance of other products, but which do not copy the brand name or logo of a trademark. They may, or may not, be illegal under trademark laws. Such products are considered illegal when they are intended to confuse consumers. And someone can be a counterfeiter even if he doesn’t make the products, but knowingly sells them to others. Another overlapping term is pirated goods, which generally refers to copying copyrighted products without permission, such as music, movies and software.:96 Exact definitions are determined by the laws of various countries.
Counterfeit products exist in virtually every area, including food, beverages, clothes, shoes, pharmaceuticals, electronics, auto parts, toys, and currency. The spread of counterfeit goods is worldwide..."
Counterfeit Goods "The market for counterfeit goods in the UK is worth £1.3billion of which £900million funds organised crime.
Counterfeiting is the very opposite of fair competition...
Counterfeit goods can be wide ranging and include:
+ Car boot sales and counterfeit goods + Other hidden dangers of buying counterfeit goods
Ferrari star of piracy show- 11 March 2008 "It is indeed not only an economic problem; but a public
health and a consumer problem...
Today, they are into electronics, they are into medicine,
they are into food."
CYBERCRIME - Buy
" If you have been thinking that you are smart by saving
lots of money when you buy pirated software and games, please
pause and think about the following points... :
Piracy kills the spirit
What you pay is what you get
The law takes piracy seriously
Faking it at Bangkok's Museum of Counterfeit Goods - 8 July 2011
"An exhibit at a city law firm shows just how far crooks will go to manufacture fake products, and highlights the dangers the industry creates...
“Its purpose is to educate the public about intellectual property infringement” says James Evans, a T&G consultant of the Counterfeit Museum. " + Cutting corners and exploiting cheap labor + Health and safety issues + No easy solutions
UN warns of deadly fake medicine- a lesson plan with AUDIO(3 March 2007)
"The United Nations has sent out a warning that up to fifty per cent of prescription medicines sold in developing world pharmacies are fake..."
Starbucks wins logo case in China- a lesson plan with AUDIO(3 January 2006)
Try the easier lesson.
"The global coffee shop chain Starbucks has won its two-year legal battle in China to stop a local chain from violating its copyright. .."
The Economics of Ideas - THE DARK TRADE(pdf) "In this lesson plan, students will learn how the trade in counterfeit and pirated goods impacts the world economy and they will develop public awareness..."
Counterfeit Goods: What's the Harm?
"This video highlights the pervasive harm that counterfeit goods cause. Counterfeiting reaches into all aspects of our daily lives, threatens our health and safety, and negatively impacts U.S. jobs and the overall economy. The video also includes practical tips on how to spot counterfeit goods and avoid buying them."