Counterfeit Consumer Goods

China Digest, November 28, 2012

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Wednesday, 28 November, 2012, 4:02am

China Digest, October 20, 2012


Charity haircut works

20 Oct 2012 - 4:37am

Creative thinking from a copyright holder

Lady Gaga seems to be actively encouraging the buying of counterfeit goods. Indeed, all her little monsters - and those less keen on her music - may have her tacit permission to buy her pirated CDs.

28 May 2012 - 12:00am

Counterfeit goods losing attraction

The mainland's reputation as the home of fake goods may be coming to an end as increasingly savvy consumers demand the real thing.

Licensing agents for global brands said the threat from fake goods had declined in recent years amid surging demand for genuine goods and co-operation between mainland and overseas merchandisers.

6 Jan 2012 - 12:00am

Traders in fakes exploit web sales

Dealers in counterfeit products are using online auction sites to sell their wares that they pass off as genuine.

The Customs and Excise Department says this is a new method that is used to evade detection by their new monitoring system.

16 Jul 2011 - 12:00am

Customs target traders who cheat recyclers

Customs officers will target unscrupulous traders who use rigged scales to cheat waste recyclers after the number of complaints rose by 70 per cent last year.

Commissioner of Customs and Excise Richard Yuen Ming-fai said yesterday that the fraud tactics had 'crossed the line' as it took advantages of paper scavengers, who were mostly elderly people.

5 Feb 2010 - 12:00am

Teens falling prey to allure of selling fake goods online

The number of young people arrested for selling fake brand-name products on the internet has risen by almost a third this year, a customs official said.

In one fortnight alone, customs arrested 19 people in relation to 17 cases, including two students.

11 Dec 2009 - 12:00am

Housewife held over sale of fake torches

Officers seize five bogus Olympic torches destined for website auction

Five bogus Olympic torches, believed to have been smuggled from the mainland, were seized in Hong Kong when a housewife tried to sell one to an undercover customs officer, an official said yesterday.

4 Jun 2008 - 12:00am

Scores held in raids on Mong Kok triads

Forty-four people have been arrested and goods worth more than HK$3 million seized in a crackdown on triads in Mong Kok.

21 Aug 2007 - 12:00am

Don't steal from artists and designers

The government should not allow counterfeit goods to flood the market.

Not only do counterfeit goods copy someone else's design, they also affect the image of the real products. And designers might be discouraged.

We should take action to stop counterfeiting.

11 Jul 2007 - 12:00am

In Brief

Counterfeits complaints down

Customs received 1,999 complaints last year about sales of counterfeit goods, compared with 2,144 in 2005. Among 612 enforcement actions, 412 people were arrested for counterfeit offences. Items seized included clothing, leather goods, watches and pharmaceutical products with a value of more than HK$11 million.

3 May 2007 - 12:00am

400 suspect watches seized in customs raid

More counterfeit goods add to 'golden week' tourism fears

Customs officers raided a jewellery shop in To Kwa Wan yesterday and seized 400 suspected counterfeit watches as travel agents warned that the growing scandal over fake goods being sold to tourists could slash the number of visitors during next month's Labour Day 'golden week'.

6 Apr 2007 - 12:00am

Fake goods targeted in Brazil

Six Chinese merchants have been detained and millions of dollars in alleged counterfeit goods confiscated during an anti-piracy raid in the Brazilian city of Sao Paulo, the China News Service has reported.

Authorities, with the help of military police, blocked off a mall housing almost 300 shops run by Chinese merchants at 6.30am on Tuesday.

6 Apr 2007 - 12:00am

100 Olympic copyright violations handled

Mainland customs authorities have dealt with nearly 100 cases of copyright infringement relating to Olympic symbols, a top official said.

Gong Zheng , a vice-commissioner of the General Administration of Customs, said infringements involving both imports and exports covered clothing, shoes, textiles and other industrial products.

1 Feb 2007 - 12:00am

Fake expectations

If imitation truly is the sincerest form of flattery, famous brand names must be basking in compliments judging by the array of counterfeit handbags and clothes seized by customs officers in Hong Kong this year.

25 Dec 2006 - 12:00am