Report Knockoffs - Reporting Fakes
Knockoffs USA (reportknockoffs.us) is a free to use website
which simply allows members of the public to report knockoff
You report knockoffs
We fight knockoffs
Report Knockoffs works with buyers - victims of piracy to
obtain a refund for fake goods.
We work with and report to Legitimate
companies, License Holders Legal Departments,
Intellectual Property Lawyers,
Government Departments and Law Enforcement Agencies worldwide.
Many companies are experiencing, or have
previously encountered knockoffs of their products.
Report Knockoffs works with
Anti Piracy and IP rights holders (Intellectual Property
Rights Holders) manufacturers, copyright holders, media companies, retailers,
government departments and auction sites to provide an enhanced
level of protection against copyright infringements and the supply of
fakes, counterfeit goods, pirated media and
copies of products (knockoff goods).
These knockoff goods
include fake car parts (even life saving components such as brake pads,
knockoff shock absorbers etc)
knockoff disks (bootleg CDs, knockoff
DVDs, knockoff Blu-ray, USB disks etc), illegal downloads,
books and manuals, bootleg music CDs, knockoff movies, console and computer games,
knockoff designer clothing, knockoff fashion accessories, toys, tools,
knockoff electrical goods,
knockoff electrical and
mechanical components, knockoff sports items etc.
Report Knockoffs was founded after we purchased a
set of Windows reinstall disks on eBay. The disks were used to reinstall the
correct version of Windows (on a computer which had a legitimate
license), but along with Windows, the disks contained malware
(malicious software) which scanned the computer for entered bank
account and PayPal entries. The point is; "how many other pirated
disks contain malware, viruses etc?
about eBay and knockoffs
Please note (quick test); run your nail around the edge of the
Microsoft hologram on a Microsoft branded CD or DVD. If you can feel
an edge (so the hologram is a label), then the disk is fake (the
holograms on genuine Microsoft disks are part of the disk).
We work with many
IP (Intellectual Property) and Copyright Lawyers, major manufacturers, copyright license holders and
the battle against knockoff goods, fakes and copyright infringements.
We employ people to search for
fakes and pirate websites and scour online auction websites to identify
and report fakes.
Our searches include such things as knockoff movies and TV shows, Knockoff games, bootleg music,
knockoff music accessories
(such as knockoff head phones),
knockoff musical instruments (such as
knockoff designer clothing, knockoff sports clothing,
knockoff watches and knockoff
jewelry, knockoff car parts,
workshop manuals, knockoff car accessories
and much, much more.
When we are sure
that an infringement is occurring, we take action. We will report
knockoffs to license
holders - Intellectual Property Rights Holders and we work
with them against the counterfeiters. We will report piracy to facilitators (eg; auction sites which offer
the pirated goods for sales) and often to the authorities and the media. We
also work with search engines to remove pirate websites from online
We encourage people to tell us about fakes and piracy
and we help people to obtain refunds.
Report Knockoffs will investigate on behalf of clients
(copyright holders). These investigations can be open or secret (we
can investigate the same case in a number of ways) in order to
identify breaches of copyright and obtain evidence and take
appropriate action. Fake goods
come in many forms and from multiple sources. Eg;
software and knockoff movies may be produced by a lone pirate (often
working in a "back room", kitchen, bedroom or shed) or a "counterfeiting
factory" with multiple DVD copying machines which clone CDs,
DVDs and Blu-ray disks.
Other pirates may purchase fake
goods for re-sale from dedicated online pirate sites - please note that
we do not provide links to such sites because we do not want to
promote them (we work to close them down).
Many knockoff goods are sourced from factories in
India or China
(Guangzhou - also known as Canton or
Kwangchow, China is probably the counterfeiting capital
of the world). These goods are purchased in bulk for resale in
the USA. Sellers are usually aware of the true nature of their
stock but this may not always be the case because some suppliers
claim to be OEM factories and their stock is surplus or seconds.
However; we feel that in most cases, only an idiot would believe
It should also be noted that many
factories which produce knockoff goods use sub-standard safety
systems, sub-standard materials, sub-standard working practices and
many force children to work in conditions which would not be
tolerated in a legitimate operation.
Other knockoff goods include
foils and liquids (such
as knockoff brake fluid). In these cases, low quality products are often
transferred to Premium grade containers (eg; low quality oil used
to fill Premium grade Oil containers and this is then sold as
Premium Grade oil). In such cases, the buyer is obviously
risking serious damage to his engine - or worse.
Eg; we recently identified fake car clutches. These clutches were
significantly cheaper than genuine items and would certainly have
worked (but only for a short time). When the clutch failed it may
well have caused damage and the customer would obviously have needed
to have a replacement fitted. As is usually the case with
counterfeit car parts; fitting a fake clutch is false economy.
Some Chinese companies even
openly produce and sell copies of Western vehicles such as Honda
Motorcycles and BMW Cars (yes; full size knockoff
Motorcycles and knockoff BMW Cars). BMW has taken legal action in
China against a company which was selling copies of the BMW X5 -
they lost. It is little wonder therefore, that sub standard
knockoffs of car parts are being sold in the USA.
Potentially the worst counterfeit goods (in terms of danger to human
life) is probably fake medicines. Fake medicines kill.
Fake Medicines have killed.
Report Knockoffs will also work
with legitimate companies and law enforcement agencies to combat the
threat from counterfeit medicines, but fake goods and piracy in general.
The unauthorized reproduction or distribution of a copyrighted work
is illegal. Criminal copyright infringement, including infringement
without monetary gain, is investigated by the FBI and is punishable
by fines and federal imprisonment.
Please Note; Badge and statement supplied
by the FBI
Duplication and unauthorized
use is prohibited