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

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Overview

Knockoff exposes the truth behind the fakes and uncovers the shocking consequences of dealing in counterfeit goods. Traveling across the globe, Tim Phillips shows that counterfeiting isn't a victimless crime; it is an illegal global industry undermining the world's economies. Based on interviews with victims, investigators, and the people who sell counterfeits, Knockoff reveals the link between what we see as "innocent" fakes and organized crime. Phillips describes in detail how the counterfeiters' criminal network costs jobs, cripples developing countries, breeds corruption and violence, and kills thousands of people every year. He shows that by turning a blind eye to the problem, we become accomplices to theft, extortion, and murder.

Knockoff exposes the truth behind counterfeit products and uncovers the shocking consequences of dealing in counterfeit goods. Traveling around the globe, author Tim Phillips shows that counterfeiting isn't a victimless crime; it is an illegal global industry that undermines the worlds economies. Based on interviews with victims, investigators, and the people who sell counterfeits, Knockoff reveals the link between what we see as innocent fakes and organized crime. Phillips describes in detail how the counterfeiters criminal network costs jobs, cripples developing countries, breeds corruption and violence, and kills thousands of people every year. By turning a blind eye to the problem, he argues, we become accomplices to theft, extortion and murder.

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"Whether your involvement in security includes investigations or protection of IP, you will find gems of information in this book." — Terry Cochran "Security Management"
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780749449414
  • Publisher: Kogan Page, Ltd.
  • Publication date: 5/1/2007
  • Series: Kogan Page Series
  • Edition description: Reprint
  • Pages: 246
  • Product dimensions: 6.38 (w) x 8.86 (h) x 0.97 (d)

Meet the Author

Tim Phillips has been a journalist for 20 years. He has written for publications such as The Wall Street Journal Europe and The Sunday Times. He writes the popular blog "Talk Normal" in an effort to combat the poor communication and corporate jargon in the workplace. He is the author of Knockoff and Fit to Bust and co-author of Scoring Points, all published by Kogan Page.

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Table of Contents


Acknowledgements     ix
Introduction: The knockoff economy     1
Anything Under the Sun
The second-oldest profession     7
Super Cow     8
Lies, damn lies, knockoffs     10
Counterfeit equals theft     11
The little guy loses     12
It's your responsibility     15
Brand bandits     19
Fake economics     20
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
The handbag of success     43
Party bags     48
Infiltrating the middle classes     50
Inside the Knockoff Economy
Copying is a beautiful thing     55
Silk Alley     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
The Wild East     73
Crossing borders     77
I thought I had seen everything     79
It's 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
You Can't Compete with Free
Illusions     109
The content crisis     110
Pirates ahoy     112
A silent spring in Hanoi     113
Lifting the stone     117
A hidden problem     118
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
Everybody loves a bargain     140
A blackhole     143
Making a scene     145
Behind The Scene     146
From the top      147
Stop, thief     150
It's like an addiction     152
From Russia with Windows     155
One out of three ain't bad     155
Evolution, not revolution     157
Under the counter     159
Quick! Send for the ferret     162
Counterfeit Killers
The capital of bogus parts     169
Bogus beware     170
Blind and toothless?     172
The {dollar}10,000 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 doesn't cure cancer     190
A good-looking 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
Conclusion: Whack a mole      219
Appendix     223
Index     233
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