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OpSec News Round-Up 7/19/2011

Posted by admin on Jul 19, 2011 7:28:14 AM
Europe Seized $1.4 Billion in Counterfeit Goods Last Year

7/14/11

The European Commission says the continent’s customs officials last year seized more than 100 million pieces of fake goods that could have earned about $1.4 billion if sold as authentic products.

For full story, please visit VOA Breaking News.



China Accounts for 85% of Fake Goods Seized in EU

7/14/11

BRUSSELS — European customs intercepted one billion euros worth of counterfeit goods last year, with 85 percent of the fakes originating from China, the European Commission said Thursday.

The figures highlighted the rise of Chinese counterfeit goods, which had accounted for 64 percent of the fake articles seized in the 27-nation European Union in 2009.

Read more at AFP.



New Orleans Woman Admits Selling Counterfeit Goods

7/15/11

NEW ORLEANS - A New Orleans woman has pleaded guilty to trafficking in counterfeit goods.  Tamika Wilson entered the plea on Thursday.

Officials say investigators saw the 34-year-old woman selling hundreds of counterfeit items at a flea market in Algiers.

Read full story at the Daily Comet.



Booze Warning to Vodka Drinkers

7/18/11

RESIDENTS in Barnsley are now being warned to look out for potentially harmful counterfeit vodka, after officials seized bottles from off-licences in the borough.

The warning comes after Trading Standards officers in Sheffield said record amounts of illicit vodka were flooding in.

For full story, please visit The Star.



Britain Flooded with Fake Goods, EU Figures Show

7/16/11

Nearly 6 million fake items were intercepted at British customs during 2010, an increase of 60 per cent, the figures showed, as the rise of internet traders has meant an increasing number of counterfeit goods are being sold online.

These include fake watches, handbags, designer shoes, Viagra, toys and office stationery.

Read more at The Telegraph.



San Jose: Feds Bust Counterfeit Movie Operation

7/15/11

Federal agents on Friday busted the alleged San Jose-based ringleaders of an operation to counterfeit movies, including films such as "Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows," "Soul Surfer" and "X Men."

In a federal complaint filed in U.S. District Court in San Jose, prosecutors allege that the counterfeiters operated out of a fashion store and a house on South King Street, where agents seized thousands of DVDs, as well as printers, duplicators and $53,000 in cash during a series of raids.

For full story, please visit San Jose Mercury News.





$9 Million Worth of Counterfeit Cigarettes Seized

7/16/11

MORE THAN 42 boxes of cigarettes of varying brands, with a street value of $9 million, were seized by Customs' Contraband Enforcement Team (CET) and the police Flying Squad in an operation at Vineyard Town in Kingston, yesterday.

For full coverage, please visit the Jamaica Observer.



Counterfeiters of Canal Street, Now Thriving a Block Away

7/15/11

The salesman found a bit of shade on the corner of Hester and Baxter Streets in Chinatown and waited. Not for long. A young woman approached, and he pulled a dog-eared pamphlet from the pocket of his cargo shorts.

Inside the pamphlet were rows and rows of photographs of counterfeit Coach, Gucci, Louis Vuitton and other expensive purses.

To read more, please visit The New York Times.



DVD Piracy Raids Net 4 Undocumented Men, Thousands of Discs

7/15/11

A crackdown on movie and music piracy has netted four Mexican nationals in the country illegally and more than $70,000 worth of bootlegged DVDs during raids on two West Valley City homes.

The arrests Wednesday were made by agents of the Utah Attorney General’s SECURE Strike Force, which also confiscated bogus government identification cards being used by the four undocumented immigrants.

Please visit The Salt Lake Tribune for full story.



Boston Fire Blast Unit Producing Illegal Vodka

7/18/11

An industrial unit in Lincolnshire, where five men were killed in an explosion, was being used to produce illegal vodka, police have confirmed.

The five victims of the blast in Boston on Wednesday were all Lithuanian nationals living in Peterborough.

Read more at BBC News.



US Apparel Firms Back Bill to Combat Design Piracy

7/18/11

Efforts to advance a bill that would provide fashion designs with three years of copyright protection stepped up on Friday (15 July) when industry executives spoke at a legislative hearing in favour of what they call "a targeted fix" to the problem.

The reintroduced 'Innovative Design Protection and Piracy Prevention Act' is the latest attempt at intellectual property protection for fashion designs, and is backed by the American Apparel & Footwear Association (AAFA) and the Council of Fashion Designers of America (CFDA).

For full story, please visit Just-Style.

Chinese Upset over Counterfeit Furniture

7/18/11

SHANGHAI — For years, DaVinci furniture stores have been places where wealthy Chinese in this and five other big cities can indulge their appetite for imported luxury.

Promoting itself as “a haven for premium products,” DaVinci is the place to go for Versace sofas, sumptuous Fendi Casa calf-skin couches or stylish chaise lounges stamped Made in Italy. A DaVinci bedroom set can sell for $100,000.

That’s why it set off a national consumer scandal when one of China’s biggest state-run media outlets reported last week that it had discovered a tawdry truth: some of DaVinci’s imported Italian furniture, the report said, is actually produced at a factory in southern China.

Read more at The New York Times.

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