Customs officers and cops across the globe have teamed up to take down over 700 domains selling pirated goods over the busy Thanksgiving holiday sales weekend. The US Immigration and Customs Enforcement's (ICE) Homeland Security Investigations (HSI) team joined forces with Europol and Hong Kong Customs to seize top level domains …
No terrorist angle? How about kiddie-porn? Drugs? Guns? Explosives? How about Human trafficking? None of that either?
I don't mean to be getting into their business, but I'm a bit confused as to how knockoff Beats headphones are a risk to national security when all those other things are apparently going on everywhere. Something's got to give here. Either we really are at risk from those deadly things or we've eliminated them all and the lack of valid warranties is the new risk.
If all those dangerous things have not been eliminated then get the fuck back to work you useless civil servants. Let Dr. Dre deal with bootleg products, you guys are supposed to be keeping us safe from freedom hating people who want us all dead, why in the hell are counterfeit consumer goods even on your radar?
"...why in the hell are counterfeit consumer goods even on your radar?"
Because they were paid off(*) by the fashion handbag cartels, who's $5000 per handbag gouging is threatened by the $100 knockoffs.
(*) Allegedly. I mean, fucking handbags can't be more important than terrorists, so being paid off is the only answer left...
"resulted in the capture of 240,000 pirated electronics."
Stuff like unlicensed Android handsets presumably?
Free trade and open markets are great
As long as they are manipulated properly.
The real fear...
...is that the punters may come to realise that the shoddy knock-offs are usually of the same quality as the shoddy branded stuff. They do all come out of the exact same sweat-shops, afterall.
just buy a not upto quality edition on ebay for 99p
Why do customs get more funding to protect rich company's who rip their customers off than the police get to look for the people pushing pictures of children being raped over the net??
We need a complete change in management at UK Gov Ltd
Until our leaders do not benefit personally from legislation aimed at business (stocks/shares/directorships etc ) we will continue to get the charade where our police go after someone flogging a knock off handbag over spending any money on tracking down the online peados.
I notice that, purely by coincidence, this has happened just before the last-minute Christmas rush.
Seized top level domains?
What you mean like .uk, .com and .gov?
Re: .uk, .com and .gov
That sounds like the domains of a bunch of criminals to me!
What do you mean may not know, of course I know, I can tell by the price, thats why I was using them!
I wondered why ebay didn't work anymore!
More knock offs than you can jump over there!
Re: I wondered why ebay didn't work anymore!
alot of the 99p stuff are taken out of the factory bin, something is better then nothing, oakleys are exactly the same for 99p, and £120 in the shop, and have a scratch on you can just say they got in the post
Who asked the USA to be the World Plod?
Once again the USA goes out of it's way to make friends/create enemies. Not satisfied with blocking imports at it's borders it goes out it's way to stir up ill will. Then it wonders why is one of the most hated countries in the world.
The main driver in this sort of trade is the exorbitant profit margins Western companies make when exploiting cheap labour in overseas countries. If the differentials were reasonable, say 20-25% there wouldn't be enough margin in shipping knock-offs.
The better quality knock-offs are often made on 'third' shifts where the legitimate products are made on the day and evening shifts. I know of a couple of factories where this happens in Shenzhen, so the quality is there.
If the Western companies actually made product in the West they would be justified in charging such high prices.
I am amazed at the uses of Burberry style pattern (a true copy) are destined for. Burberry hot pants are attractive, as are the motorcycle gloves of the same pattern. Maybe the Facebook guy would like a Burberry Hoodie for Christmas. Really fetching.
A section of the company makes military and industrial robotic vehicles and I often pop over to China to get deals on parts. I was at a factory where they moulded Mecanum rubber tyres/tires (the tires that allow vehicles move in any direction without steering) .
I asked why some product was just poured into canvas bags in large quantity whilst others were packed 4 tyres/tires in plastic bags. The answer was that the bulk were being sent to dealers on InterNet discount sites and the '4s' were packed separately and sold for 8-14 times higher by the ultimate retailer.
These LED mass sellers in the West buy their product by weight. I bought 10 kilograms each of various colours - untested - and when they reached our plant (where we have a high-speed tester) the cost per 3mm LED was around 0.03 US cents each.
These are typical cost relationships for many, many products.
Western product samples are imported, they are X-rayed and analysed and even the software stripped from memories - forget e-fuse protection! I have a PCB contractor in Shenzhen who will let me see any part of his operation except how they strip software from ROMs, etc.
Talking about World Plod. Did you know the U.S. Coastguard (for safeguarding 'homeland' coasts) has a Coastguard Base in Israel!