Disney counterfeits

Customs seized nearly eight times more Disney counterfeits in the first 10 months of this year than in the whole of the past two years.

Monday, 22 November, 1999, 12:00am

Officials find new energy for fight against counterfeiters

Trophies from the war against counterfeiters are piled into the glass cabinets that line the walls of Baiyun district headquarters of Guangzhou's Administration of Industry and Commerce (AIC).

Included are the mainland's most commonly ripped-off products: cosmetics, bottles of Raid insect poison and Rejoice shampoo, and packages of Toshiba batteries - all of them fake.

13 Nov 1999 - 12:00am

The mainland punishment hardly fits the crime, writes Matthew Miller

With a seasoned kick, trademarks officer Ou Xujian sent the wooden door flying and launched a series of raids on an underground shampoo-manufacturing ring.

3 Nov 1999 - 12:00am

Fighting fakes

When the Hong Kong film Gen-X Cops opened two months ago, the stars appeared on screen to make a personal appeal against buying pirated copies. This novel approach could become familiar to cinema fans as the entertainment industry joins a government campaign to change public attitudes about intellectual piracy.

8 Sep 1999 - 12:00am

Police destroy pirate discs as war hots up

Police in Macau destroyed one million pirated CDs, VCDs and DVDs yesterday in a show of force aimed against counterfeiters and smugglers.

The Government confiscated more than four million pirated CDs, VCDs and DVDs in 1997 and last year, mainly at border checkpoints, shops, factories and on ships.

4 Mar 1999 - 12:00am

Consumer fines urged for pirated goods

A fixed penalty would be imposed on consumers caught with pirated or counterfeit goods, under a government proposal released yesterday.

The suggestion is among recommendations of a consultation paper on possible additional legal measures to protect intellectual property rights.

25 Feb 1999 - 12:00am

Detectives close in on fake Teletubbies

DETECTIVES working to eliminate the makers of fake Teletubbies toys say they may call on officials to shut factories across the mainland.

The Hong Kong detective agency hired by the BBC to dismantle the counterfeit Teletubbies trade in Asia said it was compiling a blacklist of manufacturing centres.

21 Feb 1999 - 12:00am

Pirate products tempt teens, survey finds

Hong Kong Federation of Youth Groups conducted a telephone survey last month, entitled: Strong temptation: young people's views on fake and pirated goods. A total of 517 people aged between 15 and 29 were interviewed.

9 Feb 1999 - 12:00am

Fake notes on the increase, police warn

Police warned the public yesterday to beware of bogus $1,000 and $500 banknotes after a sharp rise in the number of counterfeit notes in circulation.

Some fake notes had been brought back by Hong Kong people visiting Shenzhen and Zhuhai.

They told police they received the counterfeit notes in change while shopping or through mainland money changers.

6 Feb 1999 - 12:00am

Designer fakes seized in Stanley Market raid

CUSTOMS officers raided Stanley Market yesterday, seizing $44,000 worth of fake designer clothes.

Seven people were arrested after 36 officers closed six shops on Stanley Main Street. Items with popular labels including Polo, Calvin Klein, Timberland and Tommy Hilfiger were carried away.

24 Jan 1999 - 12:00am

Mouse trap

The head of Customs' Intellectual Property Investigation Support Division, Ben Leung Lun-cheung, holds a genuine Microsoft computer mouse (left) and its counterfeit counterpart.

Officers were hunting for a local businessman last night after 7,534 fakes, worth $520,000, were seized in his industrial unit in Fo Tan.

21 Jan 1999 - 12:00am

Probe 'closing in' on fake Teletubbies

Private detectives hired by the BBC to expose the trade in fake Teletubbies say they are closing in on two Guangdong toy factories.

The Hong Kong agency contracted to stamp out production of counterfeit Teletubbies merchandise across Asia said yesterday that fakes were being made near Guangzhou.

14 Jan 1999 - 12:00am

Arrests over fake notes

Police charged two men, both aged 28, with possessing counterfeit banknotes.

They were held after 43 counterfeit $1,000 notes were allegedly found on them in Tsim Sha Tsui and will appear in Eastern Court today.

2 Jan 1999 - 12:00am

Undercover hunt for rogue Teletubbies

A Hong Kong detective agency has been hired to swoop on the multimillion-dollar trade in fake Teletubbies across Asia.

About 50 agents are buying counterfeits as demand for goods spawned by the hit children's television series soars ahead of Christmas.

3 Dec 1998 - 12:00am

Fakes alert

Max Factor warned against a counterfeit version of its skin care product, SK-II Whitening Essence, after $1.7 million worth of the fake goods were sold in Taiwan to a Hong Kong merchant.

1 Oct 1998 - 12:00am