The Super Bowl presents a major opportunity for the counterfeiting of sports apparel. This season was no exception.
On February 4th, the day before the Boston Patriots vs. the Atlanta Falcons faced off at Super Bowl LI, Woburn police and members of the National Football League executed a search warrant at a warehouse belonging to Chowdaheadz, a local online apparel company that sells Boston sports-themed merchandise. T -shirts, sweatshirts, hats, and allegedly counterfeit sports apparel were seized, along with business records, production material and equipment. The investigation began during the Christmas season from a tip that a kiosk in the South Shore Plaza in Braintree, Massachusetts, was selling counterfeit Boston Patriots sports apparel.
Uganda has struggled to adopt an anti-counterfeiting bill for many years with many members of Parliament remaining divided over the issue of counterfeit versus substandard products (see video). Yet, despite the delay, Fred Muwema, Director of Legal and Corporate Affairs, has established an Anti-Counterfeiting Network this week that uses agents from all sectors of government to investigate and remove counterfeit products in the local marketplace
While establishing the Anti-Counterfeiting Network’s offices in Kampala, the country’s capital, Muwema reassured everyone that it will not only make a difference in Uganda as well as Africa at large.
Check out the videos (above and below). In the United States, cigarettes cost $8 to $10 a pack, making them a ripe target for counterfeiters. The cigarettes in question are Newport, and many of the fakes are supposedly coming from China. Then again, maybe the Newports are genuine. You be the judge.
Often called a “victimless crime,” this Youtube video from Complex Originals, examines the hidden costs—including terrorism and child labor—that profit from product counterfeiting. The analysis includes hidden camera interviews of street peddlers on New York City’s Canal Street in Chinatown.