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Knockoff Report™ #600

More Than 99% of Counterfeit iPhone Chargers Fail Basic Safety Tests

Can Consumers Be Scared Into Not Buying Counterfeit Goods?

Mobsters Ran a Fake U.S. Embassy in Ghana for 10 years, Flying the Flag and Issuing Visas

Amazon Is Being Sued for Selling Counterfeit Snuggies

Food Industry ‘$49bn Opportunity’ for Fraudsters

Facebook Live Targeted in Crackdown on Trading in Counterfeit Goods

8 Convicted In San Jose Court For Selling Counterfeit Energy Drinks

Toronto Police Seize $2.5 Million in Counterfeit Goods as Holiday Season Starts

NYPD Busts $8 Million Counterfeit Phone Scheme

Police Arrest Connecticut Man in Fake Concert Ticket Probe

barnyard-flea-marketAugusta Flea Market Vendors Shocked by $3 Million Counterfeit Bust

North Providence Man Charged with Selling Counterfeit Clothes

Utah Man Pleads Not Guilty to Using Powerful Opioid to Make Counterfeit Pain Pills

Counterfeit Designer Items Worth $1M Found in Crossville, Tennessee

Reports of Counterfeit Cosmetics Being Sold in Durham

Spanish Police Arrest 71 People, Seize Counterfeit Goods

Counterfeit Products Cost Malta €43 Million in Losses Every Year

Gardaí Seize Lots of Counterfeit Goods in Christmas Crackdown

More Than £1.5 Million of Counterfeit Goods Seized at East Midlands Airport

P4.5-M in Fake Cosmetics Seized in Quiapo, Malabon

Fake Items Worth More than Half a Million Pounds Seized at Stansted Airport

What You Should Know About Counterfeit Parts

Knockoff Report™ #598

knockoff-report-598-splenda-owner-sues-dunkin-donuts-over-knockoff-sweetenerSplenda Owner Sues Dunkin’ Donuts Over Knockoff Sweetener

Amazon Takes Counterfeit Sellers to Court for First Time

Don’t Copy Me, Bro: How Tech Innovators Can Knock Out Knockoffs

Smart Batteries Offer Charge Indicators and Counterfeit Protection

Steelers Fans Duped: Increase of Counterfeit Tickets Sold Against Cowboys

Counterfeit Products Hurt The Consumer And The Economy

Brothers Accused of Selling Counterfeit Denver Broncos Merchandise Get Probation

On Your Side: Beware of Counterfeit Items Showing up on Social Media

Don’t Get Faked Out With Counterfeit Cubs Collectibles, FBI Warns

Beware of Fake Apps Selling Counterfeit Items

Knockoff Report™ #598 - Battle of Bobbleheads! Companies Clash Over Competing Wobbling Figures of Hillary Clinton in Prison StripesBattle of Bobbleheads! Companies Clash Over Competing Wobbling Figures of Hillary Clinton in Prison Stripes

5 Reasons Why You Should Avoid Knockoff Makeup

Rare Look Inside FDLE Crime Lab Tracking Deadly, Counterfeit Pills

Groupon at Center of Fake Goods Scandal as Probe Reveals Sale of Dodgy Designer Gear

Counterfeit Goods Seized in Probe Into Secret Facebook Group

White Hall (Arkansas) Police Seized More Than 2,000 Counterfeit DVD’s, Arrest Two

Blair County (Pennsylvania) Business Has Counterfeit Items Seized, Claims Ignorance

DuPont Issues Warning About Counterfeit Resin in China

Peru Man Charged in Paris with Aggravated Trafficking, Furnishing Counterfeit Drugs

NBI Seizes P2.4M Worth of Counterfeit Socks

Murang’a (Kenya) Leaders Issue Stern Warning to Makers of Counterfeit Alcohol

Deadly Counterfeit Opioid Pills Fooling Experts, Killing Californians

Knockoff Report™ #588

China Expands Influence in Pakistan by Flooding Markets with Knockoff Goods - Knockoff Report™ #588China Expands Influence in Pakistan by Flooding Markets with Knockoff Goods

Virginia Woman Pocketed $1M Buying Designer Handbags, Returning Chinese Knockoffs in Their Place

Congress Strengthens Trade-related Intellectual Property Protection

Counterfeits, Knockoffs, Replicas: Parsing the Legal Implications

5 Charged With Running New York Counterfeit Perfume Ring

Social Media Boosts Luxury Goods Counterfeit Economy

Two Men Arrested for Allegedly Selling Counterfeit Tickets to Stanley Cup Finals

Bought Stinky Perfume? Counterfeit Perfume Ring Might be to Blame

5 Mislabeled and Counterfeit Foods That Prove Expensive Meals Can Be Costly Lies

Pennsylvania Man Sold Counterfeit DVDs While State Candidate

Indian Fruit Growers Demand Counterfeit Pesticides Ban

Counterfeit Beauty Products Are on the Rise, According to ICE

Missouri Woman Involved in Counterfeit Phone Scheme

Poundworld Recalls Counterfeit Fuses Which Pose Serious Injury to Shoppers - Knockoff Report™ #588Poundworld Recalls Counterfeit Fuses Which Pose ‘Serious Injury’ to Shoppers

NBA Asks Fans Not to Buy Counterfeit Merchandise

Is the World’s Most Expensive Wine Fake? Wine Auction Hit by Counterfeit Fears

From Wumart to Uncle Martian, Experts Say China’s Copycat Problem is Big

Toronto Police Investigate Multiple Cases of Counterfeit Tokens as TTC Phases Out Old Coins

Counterfeit Alcohol Packaging is Now More sleek, Professional and Harder to Detect

Thousands Of Counterfeit Toyota Parts Discovered At Manufacturing Facility In China

NYSP: Man Had Counterfeit DVDs, Drugs During Traffic Stop

Canada Acts to Prevent Importation of Counterfeit Goods into Canada

Major Automaker May Finally Be Striking Back At Chinese Knockoffs

Jakarta Cops Seize 2,128 Pairs of Counterfeit Shoes

Facebook, Instagram Widely Used to Sell Counterfeit Luxury Goods

Tanzania: Fair Competition Commission Seizes Counterfeit Goods

Cialis Makers Allege Individuals Sold Counterfeit Products

Cops – The LA Project: Counterfeit Meds (Kids’ School Project: VERY COOL!)

Knockoff Report™ #585: Dentists, Chainsaws and Hoverboards

Knockoff Report™ #585 - Dental Patients Risk Serious Injury From 'Extremely Dangerous' Counterfeit Drills Imported From ChinaDental Patients Risk Serious Injury From ‘Extremely Dangerous’ Counterfeit Drills Imported From China

For Counterfeit Fighters on Social Media, Fake Profiles Are a Real Ally

Spanish Appeals Court Rules in Favor of Diesel in Counterfeit Case

Judge in One Direction Counterfeit Merchandise Case Admits in Court That he’s Never Actually Heard of Them

Counterfeit Prescription Pills; a Growing Problem in Tennessee

Counterfeit Opioid Poisonings Spread To Bay Area

Shipment of Counterfeit Shirts Stopped at Alexandria Bay Border

Knockoff Report™ #585 - Foreign Conmen Selling Counterfeit ChainsawsForeign Conmen Selling Counterfeit Chainsaws

Federal Court Seizes Websites for Selling Counterfeit, Misbranded Drugs

Counterfeit Products Exported to Macau, Hong Kong

Federal Investigators Crack Down on Counterfeit Medication in Hawaii

More Cases of Counterfeit Products in Shanghai

US Steel Seeks China Import Ban After Alleged Hacking

Thousands of Counterfeit Hoverboards Found in City of Industry Bust

Thousands of Counterfeit Hoverboards are Hitting the Market, Creating a New Risk of Dangers

Knockoff Report™ #582: Facebook, Craigslist, and Fake Sports Gear

Vintage Sport EquipmentMaryland Man Pleads Guilty to $2.5 Million Sports Memorabilia Fraud Scheme

German court Fines Facebook $109,000 Over Intellectual Property Clause

Romanian Officials Seize Nearly $2 Million in Fake Louis Vuitton, Chanel

Woman Sets Up Sting After Craigslist ‘Hamilton’ Scam

JD.com Loss Widens

The Need for Accountability at the World Intellectual Property Organization

Counterfeit Cigarettes, Worth £2,000, Seized by Police from House in Craigneuk

$2M in Counterfeit Clothing Seized in Hicksville May Go to the Needy: DA

MakerBot Swings Back in Intellectual Property Fight

Beware! Counterfeit Cops on the Prowl

NHL Warning of Counterfeit Fan Gear Sales at Outdoor Avs-Red Wings Game

2,664 Counterfeit Food Products Seized in RAK

Shefford Man to Pay Out More than £2k for Selling Counterfeit Goods

Home Searched in Bury During Crackdown on Tax Evasion, Smuggling and Immigration

Abu Dhabi DED Confiscates Over 10,000 Counterfeit Beauty And Skincare Products And Fines 12 Unlicensed Truck Drivers

Johnston Man Charged with Selling Counterfeit Merchandise

2,600 Counterfeit Hoverboards Seized at Port of Savannah

Hamilton Man Arrested for Third Time Selling Fake Tickets

DOD Counterfeit Parts Reporting and Oversight Needs Improvement, Says GAO

Man Charged with Trying to Sell Counterfeit Duke-UNC Tickets

HSA Issues Alert on Counterfeit ‘Eye Mo’ Eye Drops Sold in Two Singapore Shops

Hewlett Packard Warns UK Channel Over Counterfeit Cartridges

Why the New gTLDs Don’t Matter

If somebody wanted to name their product or company during the Dot Com Boom they wanted to own the .com.  After all, it was the Dot Com Boom, not the Dot Poo Boom.  Their second choice was .net, then .org, and so forth. The Web 2.0 generation no longer cared for an accurately-spelled domain at all costs.  Flickr, Bit.ly, Scribd, Delicio.us and Instagr.am became the creative norm.  Part of this resulted because startups realized it was poor stewardship of their investors’ money to pay for a slick name when the product execution matters most.

Don Draper of Mad Men works on Madison Avenue

Don Draper of Mad Men works on Madison Avenue (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

The only reason to buy .poo is if .com, .net, .org, .biz, .info, .tv, .me, .cc, .ws, .us and .co are already taken and you still think the name would be effective in branding your product or service.  When Delicio.us was acquired by Yahoo!, they bought delicious.com.  Instagr.am bought instagram.com once it was financially feasible.  Virtually the only thing on Instagram’s website is a link to their mobile app.  Facebook paid $1 Billion for this company and a website wasn’t even a part of their business model.

We saw what happened with the release of the .xxx gTLD.  Nobody in their right mind wanted to be in the ghetto if they could have the prime .com real estate.  Even the porn industry preferred to be on Rodeo Drive.  I work with companies that defensively purchase domains for their projects but the average budgets are about $10K.  If they don’t get the domain at a reasonable price, then oh well.  They know owning the .com is a component to their branding process, but not ‘the’ component.  Search engine optimization, social media, mobile and execution are far more important.  I can’t remember the last time I typed w w w dot anything.  I go to my browser’s Google bar, type the brand name and click a result. There is a sucker born every minute.  I don’t care who visits knockoffreport.poo.  Do you?

Now I’m going to finish my coffee.

Cents and Censorbility

Google recently forfeited a half billion dollars generated by counterfeit drugs sales after being being held responsible by the United States Department of Justice.  Google stock then quickly dropped 22 percent from $627 to $490 per share.  Is it possible that investors may lose some confidence that Google is able to generate the same profits legally?  After all, their business model replies upon the presumption that nothing online has value until it is found on Google and then monetized by their ads.  This is a clear conflict of interest between the gathering of ‘free’ information and advertising around that same content.  No wonder they oppose a bill that would limit the illegal distribution of copyrighted works online.

The other day I read a post on Facebook from a friend who said that the real elephant in the room isn’t censorship.  It is that the average person has been stealing music, movies and software for years and nobody wants the free buffet to end.  The concept that all ‘knowledge should be free’ is absurd.  While it is noble that Wikipedia remains ad-free, its founder Jimmy Wales pleads for donations totaling $16 million annually.  The world needs to get reacquainted with the concept that we all win when everyone is compensated for their hard work and creativity.

Google already censors sites they deem objectionable for content such as pornography,  racism and political protests.  They even blocked The Pirate Bay in 2009 and then backpedaled after some criticism.  Their problem with the Stop Online Piracy Act (SOPA) is not whether content on the web is blocked, it is over who does it: them or our democratically elected officials.

Last week Google distributed a Goebbels-worthy propaganda cartoon that gathered four million signatures protesting SOPA in one day.  I would be hard pressed to believe that many of those folks actually read the bill before falling in suit.  This did not demonstrate the power of the Internet, but that of one organization.  Shortly thereafter, Barack Obama made a public announcement against the bill.  This is contrary to the president’s previous commitment to remain neutral due to the fact that his two largest supporters, Hollywood and Silicon Valley, are diametrically opposed on this issue.  I don’t think I need to be a psychic detective to predict the direction of his fundraising strategy for the 2012 election.  Maybe the argument should not be about limiting the power of our government or even that of one massive corporation.  Perhaps we should focus on stopping them from becoming one and the same.

Now I’m going to finish my coffee…

Don’t Drop the SOPA

Imagine a world where all of the world’s creative works are reduced to ones and zeros and the control of that art is in the hands of a few tycoons.  A world where those same few Wall Street companies have enough money, influence and power to force all creators to work for free.  That time is now.

Beginning midnight on Wednesday January 18th, 2012 a few popular websites shut down for 24 hours as a planned protest of the Stop Online Piracy Act and Protect IP Act known as SOPA & PIPA, respectively.  In fact, one protester’s website says “Imagine a World Without Free Knowledge.”  Reducing my creative works to ‘knowledge’  or ‘data’ that can be commoditized is so Skynet.

Some people spend their entire lives creating that one toy, one song, one book, one clothing accessory.  Their legacy.  In most cases, this creation is the only property of value they will have  to pass onto future generations.  Only to have some tycoon call it ‘information’ and re-purpose it for their own profit.  A creative work is not mere ‘knowledge’.  It’s a human creation.  Someone’s child.

This Ain’t a Movie…

Here is an excerpt from the popular movie The Matrix where the villain explains to the hero how, in the film’s bleak future, one organization controls the masses:

  • “Did you know that the first Matrix was designed to be a perfect human world? Where none suffered, where everyone would be happy. It was a disaster. No one would accept the program. Entire crops were lost. Some believed we lacked the programming language to describe your perfect world. But I believe that, as a species, human beings define their reality through suffering and misery. The perfect world was a dream that your primitive cerebrum kept trying to wake up from… …Human beings are a disease, a cancer of this planet. You’re a plague and we are the cure.

What Agent Smith did not understand was that the human condition is more than ones and zeros.  Our ideas are more than data that can be distributed perfectly with algorithms and without complication.  Humanity is suffering and pain.  Humanity is joy and laughter.  Humanity is complication.  Imposing any perfect-world scenario should not be mistaken as naive.  The last organization to almost succeed in creating a Utopian society were the Nazis.  How’s that working for you, Agent Smith?

The American dream used to be to learn a trade, earn a decent living, have a house, and make your mark.  That is still my dream and the dream of many others but it is no longer the dream that is being fed to us.  This new dream is to start a company, sell it to Wall Street for a hundred million dollars; rinse and repeat.  Although we are being told it is our dream, doesn’t it look a lot like a plan for world domination?

Let Me Clear Up a Few Things…

SOPA will not break the Internet.  The Internet is a network of millions of networks controlled by millions of people.  It’s not one thing that can break.  Yes, this regulation will create more work for some large, not-so-poverty-stricken corporations.  But these new jobs that will be created will actually help keep the virtual streets safe for our kids.

SOPA is not censorship.  Censorship is the suppression of speech or other public communication which may be considered objectionable.  This bill will not stop anyone from being original or objectionable.  It will, however, stop people from distributing your original works without your permission.

SOPA does not bypass due process.  In order for the owner of a creative work to enforce against a rogue site, they must prove to a judge that the site has received refuge from outside the United States and that there is no reasonable way to properly contact the host or registrar.  Only then will a judge sign an order to block the illegal website.

Google, Facebook and Twitter already have systems in place to filter content they deem objectionable such as spam, child pornography and even racism.  Piracy can join that mix without a ton of disruption.

I have been working to prevent the theft of others’ Intellectual Property my entire adult life just as my father did before me.  I have faith in our judicial system, which is comprised of thousands of officials whom we ourselves elect.  I do not trust a handful of tycoons.

Now, I’m going to finish my coffee…

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