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Need for industry to adopt a proactive role against pirates
Author(s): Jack Heslop
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How many times has a friend-usually recently returned from a trip to the Far East- shown you the fake Rolex or Cartier wrist-watch purchased for little more than the cost of a meal? If honest, I think our usual reaction is one of: "What a bargain, wish you had bought one for me!" Now imagine you are Sitting in the airliner flying at 10,000 metres, and the passenger sitting next to you reveals that he has just sold fake brake pads or fake wing bolts to the purchasing department of that particular airline. Sounds far fetched - doesn't it? However, in this day and age, such a proposition is perfectly feasible and later I will quote examples of fake products which, quite literally, will make your hair stand on end! Whilst it is always difficult to obtain accurate figures as to the extent of the global trade in counterfeit products, it is conservatively estimated to account for some 5% of world trade, or around $100 billion U.S. per year. Unfortunately, all the indications are that the problem is growing. Today, with all the advances of modern technology, it is all too easy for the Pirate to copy those goods regarded as the "brand leaders" in any particular industry.

Paper Details

Date Published: 1 April 1990
PDF: 4 pages
Proc. SPIE 1210, Optical Security and Anticounterfeiting Systems, (1 April 1990); doi: 10.1117/12.17922
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Jack Heslop, ICC-Counterfeiting Intelligence Bureau (United Kingdom)

Published in SPIE Proceedings Vol. 1210:
Optical Security and Anticounterfeiting Systems
William F. Fagan, Editor(s)

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