Councils demand more cash to tackle intellectual property crime
Local Government councillors and officers are calling for more funding to fight intellectual property crime. More than four out of five councillors and council officials say additional money must be made available to trading standards so they can properly exercise their new powers to tackle copyright theft.
Counterfeiting and piracy is not victimless and funds other serious criminal activity up and down the county such as drugs, hard core pornography, money laundering and people smuggling throughout the country. Delegates at the Local Government Association Conference were very clear about the impact on their communities:
The overwhelming majority of councillors said most fake goods in their areas were sold on stalls, such as car boot sales or marketplaces.
Susie Winter, Director General of the Alliance Against Intellectual Property Theft said:
“Intellectual Property Crime, such as selling counterfeit and pirated goods, has proven links to serious organised crime and blights communities up and down the country. Representatives from Councils up and down the country have sent a crystal clear message to Government – much more needs to be done to stop the trade in counterfeit goods and that means more resources.”
Notes to editors:
The survey of 130 Councillors and Local Government Officials was conducted at the Local Government Association conference by the Alliance Against Intellectual Property Theft. The survey took place over three days from 3 to 5 July 2007.
TOP THREE OUTLETS FOR SALE OF FAKE GOODS
Regular / weekly markets 69%
IMPACT OF TRADE IN COUNTERFEIT GOODS IN YOUR COMMUNITY
Legitimate retailers lose revenue 79%
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