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Alliance Success in Private Members' Ballot - Vincent Cable

10 August 2001

MP launches Bill to crackdown on counterfeiters and protect the consumer and business

Vincent Cable, Liberal Democrat MP for Twickenham, today launched a Bill to create penalties of up to ten years imprisonment for the manufacture and sale of counterfeit goods.

Vincent Cable said "In the interest of the public it is time we started taking counterfeiting seriously. Consumers are being ripped off and their lives put at risk.

"There have been cases of worn-out car spares sold as new; Vodka, whisky and alco-pops made from meths and antifreeze which could blind: fake perfume made from urine; 'Tellytubby' clothing, supposedly flameproof, which in tests was engulfed in flames within seconds."

Recent research by ELSPA (the European Leisure and Software Publishers Association) found that in 80% of raids on counterfeiting operations they carried out last year, evidence was found of additional crimes ranging from fraud and drug running to prostitution and child pornography.

Supporting the Bill, Lavinia Carey, Chair of the Alliance Against Counterfeiting and Piracy, said:

"We are pleased and grateful that Vincent Cable recognises the importance of this issue and, when successful in the Private Members' ballot, chose to introduce The Copyright, Etc. and Trade Marks (Offences and Enforcement) Bill, which has Government backing and cross-party support."

Vincent Cable added "Counterfeiting and piracy is a serious issue. It costs British industry over £9 billion each year with a subsequent loss to the Treasury of over £1.5 billion. These people wait for others to invest time and money in a product and then steal the idea or make illegal copies, just as if they were stealing the product itself."

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