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OpSec News Round-Up 8/16/2011

Posted by admin on Aug 16, 2011 9:02:06 AM
St. Louis Man Pleads Guilty to Making Thousands of Copies of Counterfeit, Bootleg Movies


A St. Louis man who possessed thousands of copies of counterfeit and bootleg movies has pleaded guilty to a federal charge of copyright infringement.

For full story, please visit The Republic.

Michigan Woman Gets 2 Years for Selling Counterfeit Software


WASHINGTON, D.C. – A Michigan woman was sentenced today to two years in prison for selling more than $400,000 worth of counterfeit computer software after an extensive investigation by National Intellectual Property Rights Coordination Center (IPR Center) in Washington.

Read more on this story from The Latin American Herald Tribune.

Cheap Counterfeit Goods With Designer Labels Seized During Police Raid


INKSTER, Mich. (WXYZ) - They may appear to be the pricey purses and shoes from high-end designer labels but the items seized during a police raid in Inkster are counterfeit.

Tuesday, Inkster Police and U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement seized counterfeit goods that were being passed off as genuine during a raid of the Dollar Palace Plus on Cherry Hill Road. They included knock-off Chanel, Gucci, Nike and Coach labels.

To read more, please visit wxyz.com Action News.

French Wines Fall Victim to Chinese Counterfeiting


Copycat kings of the world, the Chinese counterfeit industry has added a new item to its production line: vintage French wine. Impossible to tell a genuine bottle from a fake one, many unsuspecting customers will remain none the wiser until their first sip. And even then, only a connoisseur could taste the difference.

“A bottle of wine is very easy to replicate,” Sheng Wen*, a wine seller from Shanghai, told FRANCE 24. “The counterfeiters search for original bottles in restaurant trash. Once they’ve got hold of one, they reproduce the label and replicate the bottle. They then buy mid-range bottles of wine from the supermarket, pour them into the fake bottles, and sell them.”

For full story, please visit France24.

Customs Officials Seize 50,000 Fake Caps


PORT OF NEWARK/NEW YORK – U.S. Customs and Border Protection officers and import specialists at the Newark/New York port of entry recently seized approximately 50,000 unlicensed baseball caps for intellectual property rights violations.

“These interceptions are indicative of the exceptional skill level and superior commodity expertise of our CBP officers and import specialists at Newark/New York seaport. Preventing the entry of counterfeit items is crucial to protecting consumers as well as the economy of the United States,” said Robert E. Perez, Director, Field Operations, New York Field Office.

Read more at New Jersey Today.

China Finds Another 22 Fake Apple Stores


BEIJING — Another 22 fake Apple stores have been discovered in a southwestern Chinese city, a media report said on Friday, just weeks after authorities shut down two such shops.

The fake shops -- all found within the city of Kunming and sporting the famous Apple signage -- have since been ordered to stop using the logo, state-run China National Radio said on its website.

For full story, please visit Google News.

Cincinnati Customs Agents Seize 8,000 Fake Pills at CVG


U.S. Customs and Border Protection officers seized a package containing more than 8,000 counterfeit pills at a DHL facility at the Cincinnati/Northern Kentucky International Airport.

Officers inspected the package from India, which supposedly contained “harmless generic medicine,” but found the counterfeit Tadalafil tablets instead, according to a news release. Tadalafil is a drug commonly used to treat erectile dysfunction.

Read more from this story at Business Courier.

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