HELLS ANGELS NOW COUNTERFEITS TONER & INK

  • Print
  • cartridgewebsite-com-big-banner-02-09-07-2016
  • mse-big-banner-new-03-17-2016-416716a-tonernews-web-banner-mse-212
  • 161213_banner_futorag_902x177px
  • 536716a_green_sweep_web_banner_902x17712
  • banner-01-26-17b
  • 4toner4
  • ink-direct-banner-902-x-177-v-1-2-big-banner-03-23-2017
  • 2toner1-2
  • futor_902x177v7-tonernew
  • 05 02 2016 429716a-cig-clearchoice-banner-902x177
Share

HELLS ANGELS NOW COUNTERFEITS TONER & INK

 user 2006-12-15 at 12:14:00 pm Views: 56
  • #16897

    Hell’s Angels, mafia enter counterfeit software market            
    RCMP
    and Microsoft officials say product piracy is not limited to wayward
    resellers or small stores that don’t know any better. And software is
    by no means the only thing being pirated.
        
    MARKHAM,
    Ont. — Microsoft Canada and RCMP officials have linked the notorious
    Hell’s Angels biker gang — along with Asian triads and other ethnic
    organized crime outfits in Canada — to software and other computer
    products counterfeiting.At the 11th annual Anti-Counterfeiting
    Conference, held here, officials from law enforcement, concerned
    community groups and the IT industry exposed all sorts of counterfeit
    products from aircraft parts, soccer jerseys, perfume, luxury hand
    bags, Adidas running shoes, Viagra pills, condoms, Timberland work
    boots, baby formula, heart medication, toy action figures and glue. IT
    items ranged from Dell laptop computers, Xbox console systems,
    software, ink toner cartridges, cell and laptop batteries, optical disk
    drives, and PC cables.In the past, software piracy has been linked to
    “Mom and Pop” shops or resellers trying to make a fast buckKen Hansen,
    superintendent and director of the federal enforcement branch of the
    RCMP, said 15 year’s ago intellectual property crime was not considered
    to be a serious problem. Today, it is very different.“Every major
    organized crime gang is doing this. This is a lucrative way of making
    money with low risk,” Hansen said.For example, if the RCMP nabs someone
    with 40 kg of cocaine, they are going to jail. That same person with
    100 kg of counterfeit pharmaceutical drugs gets a fine, Hansen
    said.“Organized crime are making huge profits with low risk. Even if
    they get caught the penalties are too low,” he said.The RCMP has
    evidence from the more than 400 investigations done this year that link
    biker gangs, oriental triads and the Italian mafia in Canada to
    counterfeiting. He added that the financial gains from counterfeiting
    are then funneled into other illegal activities such as the drug trade
    and prostitution.“They are now infiltrating major retailers,” Hansen
    said.This leads to innocent consumers buying non-authentic merchandise
    and not even knowing it. Even the retailers are unaware that the
    counterfeit products are in their stores.According to Lorne Lipkus, a
    founding member of the Canadian Anti-Counterfeiting Network and partner
    in the Toronto law firm Kestenberg Siegal Lipkus LLP, said
    counterfeiting is the largest growing crime in North America.Lipkus
    stated that in 2005 counterfeit products was between five to seven per
    cent of the world economy. Today, that figure has grown to 18 per cent
    of the world economy, the vast majority of which is sold at flea
    markets.“We just can’t keep up with counterfeiter wholesalers and
    manufacturers, so how can we keep up with the flea markets?” Lipkus
    said.Of real concern are the phony batteries and printer cartridges
    that blow up equipment, Lipkus said.“There are three to four year old
    children working in factories in China mixing chemicals for these
    counterfeit toner and batteries. Some of these (kids) are being
    poisoned,” Lipkus said.He added that one of the easiest ways to put a
    dent into counterfeiting is by amending the Customs Act to enable
    officers at the border to search for and detain potential counterfeit
    products for the RCMP.“I wish I had an answer as to why it is taking
    the government so long to simply amend this Act. I’ve been holding this
    conference for 11 years and I have been fighting counterfeiting for 20
    years. It is about applying the right amount of pressure the government
    for them to respond,” Lipkus said.There is an environmental as well as
    an economic fallout from counterfeiting, Lipkus said. The knock-off
    batteries cannot be destroyed because of the mercury in them.Sue
    Harper, anti-piracy manager for Microsoft Canada, said the Canadian
    Alliance Against Software Theft (CAAST) has estimated the losses to the
    software industry in Canada to be at just under $950 million because of
    counterfeiting.Harper added that she wasn’t surprised to learn that
    biker gangs and other organized crime groups are behind this.