Increased Crackdown on Links to Counterfeiters’ Websites
The government has stated that fakers account for 10 per cent of global trade and is to step up its crackdown on fake goods in the UK. A new report has revealed that clothing, tobacco and alcohol are the top products targeted by counterfeiters.
72 million website links were removed in the past year, up by 620% on a year ago, while the specialist City of London IP crime unit is investigating nearly £30m worth of IP crime in its first nine months. A number of large brands have taken matters in to their own hands and taken fakers to court including Burberry which won a £63m settlement in 2012 against fraudsters.
Surelock is playing its part on behalf of its clients by removing links on Facebook and EBay to websites selling fakes.