Anyone who visits a website seized by the government for counterfeiting violations will now be met with a public service announcement (PSA) that educates them about the impact that such crime has on global economics. The PSA is the result of a new partnership announced last in May between the National Intellectual Property Rights Coordination Center (IPR Center) and the National Crime Prevention Council (NCPC).
The PSA will play on domain names seized under Operation In Our Sites, a sustained law enforcement initiative that began more than two years ago to protect consumers by targeting the sale of counterfeit merchandise on the Internet. Since its inception in June 2010, the operation is responsible for the seizure of 2,065 domain names. Once these domain names are seized, they are in the custody of the federal government. Visitors to those sites find the banner below that notifies them of the seizure and educates them about the federal crime of willful copyright infringement. Continue reading →
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uFaker is an easy to use web, mobile and social platform for identifying, reporting and combatting counterfeits. It provides Trademark Owners with a real-time system for sharing and tracking counterfeit activity among its team of lawyers, investigators, licensees and law enforcement. uFaker also mobilizes the masses (TM Owner customers) to report counterfeits and rewards them with web-based retail discounts as a measure of appreciation and gives TM Owners the option of providing additional discounts/rewards following successful actions stemming from a uFaker report.
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If you go searching for fake handbags or NFL jerseys on-line you may get an early April Fools Day present. The Department of Homeland Security (“HS”) has designed and launched a website to educate consumers about all the troubles they may face if they buy “fakes”. The HS website is located at DESIGNSFAUXREAL.COM.
If HS seizes a website that sells counterfeit goods, the plan is to replace it with DESIGNSFAUXREAL.COM. There, consumers will learn the harsh realities of buying counterfeit goods. The website looks like someplace you would find the best of the best. However, the deeper you dig the more apparent it becomes that you are being played for a fool. For example, if you click on the “clothing” offer link it leads you to a special offer: “Free destroyed credit rating”. Banner ads across the top of the site’s homepage read, “Free Identity Theft with Every Purchase” and “Clearance on Your Bank Account”. When you attempt to complete your purchase the site indicates: “Really? Is this ring worth having to spend the next year and a half trying to fix the damages caused by identity theft?” The website was designed to scare, amuse and hopefully educate. Well done HS.
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