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Hardening EU legal front against counterfeit goods trade

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Hardening EU legal front against counterfeit goods trade


People who make or sell counterfeit goods that threaten health and lives ought to be locked up or fined; This is in European Commission proposals aimed at battling criminal mass production not only of luxury goods, but of regular consumer goods, including food and medicines. Brussels suggests deliberate infringements of intellectual property rights on a commercial scale should be treated as a criminal offence punishable by at least four years in prison or fines of up to 300,000 euros. The legislation would apply Europe-wide, as a brake on the rocketing trend in pirated goods. Customs is increasingly seizing bogus brand-name toys and games. The extremely dangerous items, apart from products which are ingested, include counterfeit batteries and vehicle parts. The proposal will need member states’ and European Parliament approval to become law.

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