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Burberry Awarded $100 Million From Counterfeit Websites!

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It may not be as big as UGG Australia's payday, but it's still a lot of moola!

Burberry is $100 million richer, thanks to a default judgement made by a Manhattan Federal court on Thursday.

Judge Thomas Griesa awarded the British brand the hefty sum of money after the defendants, a network of Chinese Internet counterfeiters, failed to show up in court.

It also didn't help that the online fraudsters, who were accused of selling at least 22 types of fake goods bearing Burberry trademarks, never responded to the initial complaint filed back in January.

In addition to the 9 figure judgement, Burberry now has the power to shut down other infringing sites and hold third-party hosts like Google and Facebook accountable for associating with them.

Congrats!

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Feds Seize $76.8 Million In Designer Fakes

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Dayum!

Federal authorities made one helluva haul during a six-week sting operation dubbed "Operation Holiday Hoax".

The majority of the 327,000 items seized in the US, Mexico and South Korea were counterfeit fashion items like Jimmy Choo, Rolex, Uggs, Burberry, Louis Vuitton, Fendi, Prada and Coach valued at $76.8 million.

In Los Angeles alone, the feds took $4 million worth of merchandise with fake True Religion products making up 70% of the seizure.

So far, no one has been arrested, but deputy special agent in charge of U.S. Immigrations and Customs Enforcement Kevin Kozak expects arrests will be made once they find those who are responsible for manufacturing, importation and distribution.

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Buying A Fake Bag In NYC Could Soon Land You In Jail

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New York City is continuing their crackdown on counterfeit goods being sold on Canal Street.

On Thursday councilwoman Margaret Chin, who represents the Chinatown district, plans to introduce a bill that would punish those buying designer knockoffs.

If caught in the act, shoppers would face a $1000 fine or a year in jail.

Ouch.

We applaud her effort of fighting fakes, but would this new law work?

According to police, not a chance. One officer flat out said "it's never going to fly" because it would be too difficult to enforce.

Would this new law stop U from buying fakes in NYC???

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UGG Australia Slowly Winning Counterfeit Battle

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Deckers Outdoor Corp. must be patting themselves on the back right about now.

In 2010, the UGG makers engaged in an anti-counterfeit war and judging by the figures they won the battle.

On December 23rd they seized 244,648 pairs of fUGGs in China, which added to the other 154,829 pairs they were able to snatch up throughout the year.

As if that wasn't enough Deckers successfully shut down 4,783 websites selling fake products and removed 30,444 eBay listings.

Wow.

In a statement, the US based company said they "will continue to work with lawmakers, customers and policing authorities, and through our own initiatives, to ensure that fake product is seized and destroyed and counterfeiters are punished."

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US Government Shuts Down Sites Selling Counterfeit Items

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Bad news for sites selling illegal counterfeits — the goverment has shut a good amount of them down!

You know, because there aren’t bigger issues to deal with.

But as part of their Operation In Our Sites II, they shut down 82 sites just in time to hurt them during Cyber Monday yesterday. The first Operation In Our Sites was announced this past June and targeted sites selling pirated copies of movies.

As for version 2.0, agents made purchases from the websites earlier this year, and the ones found to have been selling counterfeit items were targeted.

The sites were shut down and redirected to the message above from the government.

We get it, selling counterfeit items does hurt the economy and businesses, but aren’t there bigger issues at the moment to spend tax payer money on?

The Department of Justice released a statement explaining their actions to which they rationalized that:

“By seizing these domain names, we have disrupted the sale of thousands of counterfeit items, while also cutting off funds to those willing to exploit the ingenuity of others for their own personal gain. Intellectual property 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. The Justice Department, with the help of our law enforcement partners, is changing the perception that these crimes are risk-free with enforcement actions like the one announced today.”

What do U think of shutting down the sites? A move in the right direction?

And if you'd like to read the entire statement issued by the government, check it out after the jump!

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Louis Vuitton Counterfeit Bags Are Decreasing In Numbers

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Good news for Louis Vuitton, bad news for counterfeit shoppers.

Louis Vuitton is trying hard to strop the production and sale of fake bags and it seems their efforts are paying off.

Back in 2004, over 2 million counterfeit bags were seized by US customs officials.

But new regulations by the U.S. Immigration & Customs Enforcement have targeted shipping containers of counterfeits and stopped them from entering the country.

In fact, during the 2010 fiscal year, officials only seized 200,000 bags. That’s a 90% drop!

Do U ever buy fake designer bags?

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Giorgio Gucci Goes To Washington

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The grandson of Guccio Gucci made an appearance in Washington DC this week to support the two bills that would crack down on those producing and selling counterfeit goods.

At the Intellectual Property Rights in the Fashion Industry and Its Effects on Our Nation's Economy forum, Giorgio Gucci said:

"The people who are exploiting the work of others have no conscience. All women want nice things … so I understand how tempting it is … but any woman who carries a copy is hurting other women."

He also told the men in attendance that if they really loved their lady, they would buy them the real thing.

Ha!

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