Queen Supports Anti-counterfeit Laws
The Queen of the United Kingdom took a stand on the sale of fake products in her speech of May 2013. Her Majesty supports new anti-counterfeit laws where selling counterfeit products for profit will become a criminal offence punishable by up to 10 years in prison.
The measure, confirmed in the Queen’s speech, will provide designers of all manufactured items with the same level of protection that prohibits the distribution of pirated DVDs and films. According to the brief outline given to parliament, the bill in which the measure will appear is intended to “make it easier for businesses to protect their intellectual property”.
On the other side of the Atlantic, U.S. Attorney General Eric Holder has gone onto the public record: “intellectual property (IP) crimes are not victimless. The theft of ideas and the sale of counterfeit goods threaten economic opportunities and financial stability, suppress innovation and destroy jobs.” Counterfeit products are often produced in violation of basic human rights and support terrorist groups, drug cartels, people smugglers and street gangs.
To help address this problem, the Imaging Supplies Coalition was established in the U.S.A. as a nonprofit organization dedicated to educating, empowering and protecting stakeholders in the battle to eliminate counterfeiting and fraud in the imaging supplies industry. The Coalition is comprised of consumable imaging supplies and equipment OEMs that have joined together to protect their customers by combating illegal activities in the imaging supplies industry. Coalition members include Brother International Corporation, Canon U.S.A., Inc., Epson America Inc., HP, Lexmark International, Inc., Oki Data Corporation, Samsung Electronics America, Inc., Toshiba America Business Solutions Inc. and Xerox Corporation.
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