Small Parcels are Anti-Piracy Activists’ Latest Grievance

Despite extensive anti-piracy measures having been put in place by authorities and private companies alike, the trade in counterfeit and pirated goods continues to grow and become all the more widespread. Fraudsters regularly employ new methods and techniques to manufacture, transport, market and sell  counterfeit and pirated goods, and authorities are left playing cat and mouse in an attempt to keep up with and tackle new developments within the industry.

One of the latest trends within the trade is to send counterfeit and tangible pirated goods in small parcels  through the post or other courier services. A recent study carried out by the European Union Intellectual Property Office (EUIPO) and the Organisation for Economic Cooperation and Development (OECD) showed that small parcels accounted for almost 63% of all fake and pirated goods seized by customs between 2011 and 2013.

This development was shown to concern almost all product groups usually affected by the counterfeit trade, most notably footwear, sunglasses, watches, leather goods, jewellery, and electronic goods. The parcels containing pirated or counterfeit goods are difficult to detect as they require only simplified documentation which is seldom verified. This constitutes yet another obstacle to overcome for anti-piracy protestors and authorities around the world.


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