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.

Monday, 28 May, 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

Raid busts showroom selling counterfeit goods

Police believe they have broken up a racket in which local tour guides took tourists to buy fake brand-name products made on the mainland in a shopping mall in Tsim Sha Tsui East.

9 Dec 2009 - 12:00am

Legal twist to war on counterfeiting

Court rulings lead to confusion over attempts by luxury brands to protect their reputation and revenue

Two recent court cases that put American auction site eBay in the spotlight have highlighted concerns and intensified confusion over the sale of counterfeit goods.

6 Sep 2008 - 12:00am

Two arrested over sale of fake Rolex

Two men were arrested over the sale of a bogus Rolex watch to an undercover policeman in Tsim Sha Tsui yesterday. An inspector posing as a tourist was approached by a 33-year-old Bangladeshi man in Lock Road and offered the chance to buy fake goods at about 4pm. He was led to a residence where counterfeit goods were on display. A Hong Kong man, 35, was also arrested.

7 Mar 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

Fake Olympic souvenirs seized

Customs officers have uncovered the first batches of counterfeit Olympic Games souvenirs to surface in Hong Kong.

Acting on a tip-off, 60 customs officers raided street stalls and hawkers in Wan Chai, Yau Ma Tei and Mong Kok on Wednesday and Thursday.

At seven of the stalls, officers found about 350 counterfeit souvenirs for the Beijing Olympics.

2 Jun 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

Fake luxury goods still rife at Ladies Market

Fake luxury handbags and wallets continue to be sold in Mong Kok's Ladies Market despite police, customs and travel industry efforts to eradicate the trade.

The Customs and Excise Department said the illegal vendors would be raided in the lead-up to the Lunar New Year. Two South China Morning Post visits last week found they would have plenty of products to seize.

12 Feb 2007 - 12:00am

Tokyo funds regional customs training to tackle piracy

The Japanese government will pay to train 1,000 customs officials in East Asia over the next five years in an attempt to reduce the number of illegal copies of Japanese goods being passed off as the real thing.

More than half of the new recruits will work in China, which is seen as the worst offender in the counterfeiting business.

6 Jan 2007 - 12:00am