Report Knockoffs and eBay USA
About eBay Knockoffs
In Prohibition era Chicago,
"everyone" knew where illegal distilleries and speakeasies
were located. But people were unwilling to act against them and
unwilling to "take on" Capone.
The same can be said today about knockoffs. We all know that the sale and distribution of counterfeit
goods is a modern cancer. We all know that eBay is a Major
carrier. Indeed; although eBay is not a criminal enterprise, it
facilitates criminal activity.
Capone was a bootlegger
and killer who traded with killers. eBay facilitates modern
bootlegging and facilitates the sale of counterfeit goods which
can kill. It can be argued that eBay trades with killers. It can
also be argued that eBay has a vested interest in the sale of
fakes, knockoffs and counterfeit goods.
eBay is the most successful auction
site of all time and at the time of writing, eBay has a reported
global customer base of 233,000,000 people in 37 countries (including North America).
eBay has acquired a reputation as being an "open market" for
the supply of fake goods - pirated
goods. Put simply - eBay profits from criminal activity and the
sale of illegal, dangerous and life threatening goods. However;
eBay is an unwilling partner in piracy. They cannot be
experts in every field and they cannot police every
As a result of this problem and in the face of much
criticism, eBay created the Verified Rights Owner (VeRO)
Program, with a view to allowing rights owners to report
listings that infringe rights of license or copyright holders.
eBay also provides a reporting
facility whereby eBay users can report infringements directly to
eBay. However; this is largely ineffectual. We can prove that
eBay tend to ignore such reports - even when the infringement is
open and obvious and the listing is in clear violation of eBay's
Knockoffs and USA
Anti Piracy have negotiated dedicated reporting facilities with
eBay so that people can report knockoffs to us, we will
investigate and report to eBay. We have also launched our
USA Vero 2 program whereby rights holders can work with
us to fight knockoffs of their products or services -we will
police the internet and remove fakes on behalf of members.
We are currently in discussions with numerous
companies and individuals who have been affected by illicit
items having been sold on eBay or currently being sold on eBay (one company director even
eBay of "effectively facilitating and profiting from theft").
USA Anti Piracy
is proud to work with eBay,
license holders, governmental departments worldwide and (if necessary) the media
to resolve the knockoffs epidemic.
By working with eBay, we can
monitor listings and report infringing items or persistent
abuse. eBay then removes the item or
abuser and we continue to monitor for re-listings and act again
Our aim is to work with and assist
buyers, license holders and legitimate websites in the struggle against
knockoffs - piracy.
although we regularly succeed in removing sellers who trade in
Counterfeit Goods - knockoffs, the problem is massive and it is not confined
to eBay (there are also issues with sites such as iOffer,
others) - please note that we do not provide links to such sites
because we do not want to promote them.
During Prohibition, many
considered bootlegging to be a "victimless crime"
were proven wrong - "the mob" grew and became strong because
The trade in Counterfeits, Fakes and
Knockoffs is "the new bootlegging"
come in many forms and from multiple sources. Eg; knockoff
software and movies may be produced by a lone pirate (often
working in a kitchen, bedroom or shed) or a "knockoff
factory" with multiple DVD copying machines which clone CDs,
DVDs and Blu-ray disks.
pirates may purchase knockoffs for re-sale from various
websites - please note that
we do not provide links to such sites because we do not want to
promote them (we work to close them).
Knockoffs are often 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
Other knockoff goods include Oils and liquids (such
as 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 car - or worse. Some companies and
individuals even use eBay to sell fake brake pads and other
safety critical components.
the most costly of knockoff - counterfeit goods (in terms of danger to
human life) is probably counterfeit medicines. USA Anti Piracy will
also be working with legitimate companies and law
enforcement agencies to combat this danger.
We invite legitimate companies to contact us and to work with us
USA Vero 2 anti knockoff program (or
UK Veros anti fake program)
- we can help.