Knockoff: The Deadly Trade in Counterfeit Goods : the True Story of the World's Fastest Growing Crime Wave

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Kogan Page Publishers, 2005 - Business & Economics - 246 pages

Counterfeiting is an industry growing faster than almost any other in the world. It's a global business with its own manufacturing, distribution and retail networks and represents a market worth $350 billion every year.

Knockoff exposes the shocking truth that counterfeiting isn't harmless - it's far from it. Tim Phillips travelled to America, China, France and Russia amongst other countries to research this book with the support of several bodies including the New York Police, the Business Software Alliance and the International Chambers of Commerce. As well as speaking to those affected by the crime, he met people convicted of it and questioned solicitors who defended them.

Knockoff takes an unbiased stance and asks uncomfortable questions that are relatively ignored, such as:

If drugs to treat Aids are too expensive in the third world, is it not suprising that there is a market for low-quality fakes?

When the average piece of software in Russia costs a month's wages, is counterfeiting not inevitable?

If enforcement is failing, should industry concentrate on incentives and education instead?

Knockoff thoroughly examines all susceptible industries incuding: Entertainment; Drugs; Software; Luxury Goods; Car and Aero Parts and Consumer Goods.

 

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Contents

The secondoldest profession
7
Super Cow
8
Lies damn lies knockoffs
10
Counterfeit equals theft
11
The little guy loses
12
Its your responsibility
15
Brand bandits
19
Fake economics
20
One in three
121
Organized criminals
123
Ordinary criminals
127
Snide
128
Global cottage industry
130
The lowest priority
132
Turning guns into CD burners
137
The Lion Kings
138

Knockoffs can seriously damage your health
21
The ghost shift
25
Counterfeit Alley
31
Something for the weekend
32
Showdown in Midtown
35
Canal Street
38
Sex and the purse party
43
Party bags
48
Infiltrating the middle classes
50
Copying is a beautiful thing
55
Waking the sleeping cat
57
The top of the speed
60
The big country
63
A greater Europe
67
The Italian job
68
Making crime pay
70
The dark side
73
Crossing borders
77
I thought I had seen everything
79
Its war
80
Under the surface
83
Where buyers and sellers meet
87
The global marketplace
88
Trust and safety
89
Anything goes?
92
War and peace
95
Money talks
96
Where are the good guys?
97
Tough Love
100
Closing the deal
102
Illusions
109
The content crisis
110
Pirates ahoy
112
A silent spring in Hanoi
113
Lifting the stone
117
A hidden problem
118
Everybody loves a bargain
140
A black hole
143
Making a scene
145
Behind The Scene
146
From the top
147
Stop thief
150
Its like an addiction
152
From Russia with Windows
155
Evolution not revolution
157
Under the counter
159
Quick Send for the ferret
162
The capital of bogus parts
169
Bogus beware
170
Blind and toothless?
172
The 10000 bolt
174
Under the hood
179
A perfect environment
180
A workshop near you
182
Show us the dead bodies
187
Redefining the problem
188
Tap water doesnt cure cancer
190
A goodlooking tablet
191
Controlling the supply chain
192
The 1 per cent solution
195
Men in white coats
201
A deal you can refuse
202
Drug tourism
204
Someone has to pay
207
Dora Akunyili must not die
209
The NAFDAC woman
210
Cleaning up
212
Muddying the waters
215
Whack a mole
219
Appendix
223
Index
233
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About the author (2005)

Tim Phillips is a freelance journalist. He has written for The Wall Street Journal Europe, The International Herald Tribune, The Guardian and The Observer, and The Sunday Times about business, the internet and technology. Tim is currently the Managing Editor of Performance Plus Magazine and regularly appears on BBC TV and Radio and Sky News. His books include Scoring Points (Kogan Page).

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