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Is Trademark Counterfeiting a Serious Crime?

The Mayor's Office of Special Enforcement (OSE) seized $1 million of counterfeit Gucci, Prada, Fendi, Rolex and Coach goods Tuesday in New York City. Created in 2006, the OSE addresses quality of life issues such as lawless clubs, illegal conversions of apartment buildings into hotels, and trademark counterfeiting bazaars.

Tuesday's Chinatown raid came after a two-month investigation by OSE officials. Do you think counterfeited designer goods warrant the attention of a special unit?


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potc-crazyy potc-crazyy 9 years
I don't know if this is first priority, but I s'pose they should be punished... I haven't purchased any knockoffs in my lifetime, and I don't own a lot of designer stuff. I do illegally download a lot of music and videos, though.
x_juicyfruit x_juicyfruit 9 years
I agree with shopaholic's earlier comments.
princess_eab princess_eab 9 years
I would NEVER buy a knockoff-- they are SO gross. You think nobody can tell-- well you're wrong! Knockoffs support child labor, low wages and terrorism. I hope there will be more crackdowns. I live in NYC and there is so much illegal activity here.
cine_lover cine_lover 9 years
I was a grundgy hippy :true: And I warn him ALL the time about that!
trésjolie1 trésjolie1 9 years
:rotfl: Grunge girl; so funny. Poor girl though. Ouch! I wouldn't wanna be him if she finds out.
cine_lover cine_lover 9 years
Oh and I have a friend who bought his girl friend a really great Chanel knock off, but told her it was real. To this day she shows it off, and she thinks that it is the real deal. I feel so bad for her.
cine_lover cine_lover 9 years
Yeah I was a dirty hippy when I was a teen, the only music from the 90's I know is grundge. My fiance is always laughing at me because I don't know any music from the 80's and 90's. What would be the purpose of having a Ferrari, with the engine of a Ford?
hausfrau hausfrau 9 years
Cine - Its a song from the 90s! I think it was the 90s... maybe late 80s... very popular song! Nope nope, 1991. Piper - I don't think we're old! I think my parents stopped listening to musid after like 1975 and now as I get older I think my cut off is like 2000-2001. Ever since I brought this song up its been going on in my head over and over and I still know every word.. And rac - I actually have seen one of those! They sell kits so you can rip off the design of another car... its just wrong! The second you start it everyone knows its not a Ferrari!
raciccarone raciccarone 9 years
And this just goes too far!
cine_lover cine_lover 9 years
Is it a video? A song? I am feeling a little stupid right now.
hausfrau hausfrau 9 years
Shame on you indeed tresjolie! :)
piper23 piper23 9 years
I'm suddenly feeling old...
trésjolie1 trésjolie1 9 years
Oh, it's a song by Boys 2 Men? Shame on me!
hausfrau hausfrau 9 years
Boyz II Men?? Motownphilly?? Hello?? Anyone?? Bueller??
j2e1n9 j2e1n9 9 years
I hate fake shit (especially people!) and I'm sick of seeing 11 year olds with all the knock-offs walkin around like they're the shit, so I'd have no problem never seeing a fake again.
trésjolie1 trésjolie1 9 years
Is Motownphilly a dance or a style, or something completely different?
cine_lover cine_lover 9 years
piper, I am one of them.
piper23 piper23 9 years
I love-love-love Motownphilly! Bring it back!! Except for the big hair and the high top fades, I can do without that. I'm thinking that there are people on this board who have no idea what we're talking about. That makes me smile! And Cine, get your mind out of the gutter!
trésjolie1 trésjolie1 9 years
Me too! :nerdgirl:
cine_lover cine_lover 9 years
Oooo that would be fun!
cine_lover cine_lover 9 years
Oh tres, I have dirty mind. I think I will keep this one to myself, I don't want our fun to get pulled. But know you put a giant smile on my face when I saw Yoda, in conjunction with a dancing pickle. ....I thank you for that.
hausfrau hausfrau 9 years
I think we need to organize a CitizenSugar dance party!
trésjolie1 trésjolie1 9 years
cine: what ..?
Cassandra57 Cassandra57 9 years
Wow, I popped in to make a serious comment. I'm sorry.... I can tolerate "inspired by" products. However, I *do* have a problem with *counterfeits*. They are an attempt to deceive the consumer, the quality is inferior, and it's essentially theft of intellectual property from the company. Therefore it also affects the workers. Also, I've read multiple stories about Chinese-owned sweatshops being set up in Italy, using illegal immigrants, manufacturing counterfeit products. Talk about a blow to one of the main homes of design!
cine_lover cine_lover 9 years
Tres, I wish you had not posted that. I have the dirtiest comment that I want to post.
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