has cost American lives and American jobs.
Fact; knockoffs are usually manufactured using sub standard
components and materials, in sub standard
conditions, often by "unskilled" adults and children who are often
abused by their "employers".
internationally by Chinese Triads, The Russian Mafia, Terrorist
Groups and The Mafia.
Fact; the market for knockoffs is often run
by gangs and The Mob.
Fact; the trade in knockoffsfunds terrorism, murder and
numerous other criminal activities. In the same way that Prohibition
encouraged and helped the Mob to grow; purchasing knockoffsfunds terrorists, gangs and organized
USA Anti Piracy "started life" as
usaantipiracy.us but we changed our name in December 2015 to
usaantipiracy.com and we also launched
Knockoffs with a view to provided better North American knockoff
We provide Brand Protection. We work with and report to Legitimate
companies, License Holders Legal Departments,
Intellectual Property Lawyers,
Government Departments and Law Enforcement Agencies worldwide.
Many companies are experiencing, or have
previously encountered knockoffs (fakes
- copies) of their products.
USA Anti Piracy works with Brands IP rights holders (Intellectual Property
Rights Holders) manufacturers, copyright holders, media companies, retailers,
government departments and auction sites to provide an enhanced
level of protection against copyright infringements and the supply of
fakes, counterfeit goods, pirated media and
copies of products.
These knockoffs - pirated goods
include knockoff car parts (including
life saving components such as brake pads, fake shock absorbers etc) bootleg disks (bootleg CDs, knockoff
DVDs, knockoff Blu-ray, USB disks etc), illegal downloads, copies of
books and manuals, bootleg music CDs, knockoff movies, console and computer games,
fake designer clothing, knockoff fashion accessories, toys, counterfeit tools, counterfeit electrical goods, fake electrical and
mechanical components, counterfeit sports items etc.
China is the undisputed
Superpower of Knockoffs.
knockoffs are manufactured in unlicensed factories, from
sub standard materials and to specifications and
tolerances which breach US regulations. However,
knockoffs are often then shipped as Western brands, with
labels and - or tags which claim that the product has
met standards required under US law.
that many fakes are dangerous and some are potentially
(eg; even items such as knockoff football jerseys may
not meet flame retardant requirements whilst fake
electronics and electrical goods may pose a threat from
electrocution, fire and - or explosion). Naturally; any
issues with fakes are not covered by the legitimate
This has posed serious issues
for Chinese manufacturing in that when many of us now
think of Chinese goods, we think "poor quality - cheap
and nasty" and this perception owes much to our
experiences of Chinese knockoffs.
the Chinese government had effectively "turned a blind
eye" to counterfeits because despite Chinese pirates
often paying no tax, the counterfeiting factories
provided much needed employment. Many small towns
survived and grew by manufacturing Chinese knockoffs.
Many western brands failed to invest in
secure Chinese outsourcing. Many brands began
production in China without fully appreciating the
pitfalls. In some cases, Western brands partnered
Chinese companies, provided them with blueprints and
expertise only to later discover that the Chinese
partner was cloning or making cheap copies of the brands
These brands would often then seek to
"play down" their mistakes by claiming that the
counterfeits were insignificant in quantity, of too poor
a quality to be a threat or simply irrelevant. Indeed;
some brands did and still do treat knockoffs as
"shrinkage" - they allow for the costs and right-off the
With respect; such views are
short sighted and dangerous.
government is pressurizing Beijing and the Chinese
government is getting much tougher on knockoffs. Indeed;
Beijing is now pressurizing the main knockoffs
facilitator; Alibaba group.
Alibaba group was
founded by Chinese born English teacher - jack Ma.
Alibaba group owns alibaba.com, aliexpress.com and
taobao.com and each of these are major sources of
knockoffs for Western criminals.
scenario would be for a Chinese company to manufacture
knockoffs of a USA brand. These knockoffs would then be
advertised on a Chinese website, they will be bought by
someone in the West who would then advertise them on
eBay, iOffer etc.
Thanks to the pressure by
Washington on Beijing and to the pressure by Beijing on
Alibaba Group, they are slowly moving toward compliance.
However, Alibaba group make a lot of money from
knockoffs and at the time of writing (Sept 1st 2016)
they are being dragged to the counter of legitimacy
"kicking and screaming".
USA Anti Piracy
UK Anti Piracy - Brand Protection and we jointly
wrote to Jack Ma and we blacklisted Alibaba group
websites. This had the effect of allowing American
citizens who had purchased alibaba knockoffs, aliexpress
knockoffs or taobao knockoffs to contact their bank -
card supplier and instigate a chargeback claim against
the knockoffs purchase, citing the fact that they were
blacklisted by USA Anti Piracy or UK Anti Piracy for
selling knockoffs. We would advise the Bank and - or
The buyer would usually then
receive a full refund without having to return the
USA Anti Piracy now enjoys an Alibaba
Group reporting facility and works with Western Brands
to remove Chinese knockoffs.
USA Anti Piracy was founded after we purchased a
set of Windows reinstall disks on eBay. The disks were used to reinstall the
correct version of Windows (on a computer which had a legitimate
license), but along with Windows, the disks contained malware
(malicious software) which scanned the computer for entered bank
account and PayPal entries. The point is; "how many other pirated
disks contain malware, viruses etc?
Please note (quick test); run your nail around the edge of the
Microsoft hologram on a Microsoft branded CD or DVD. If you can feel
an edge (so the hologram is a label), then the disk is fake (the
holograms on genuine Microsoft disks are part of the disk).
We employ people to search for
fakes and pirate websites and scour online auction websites to identify
and report fakes.
When we are sure
that an infringement is occurring, we take action. We
offer Brand Protection, support and will report
infringements to license
holders - Intellectual Property Rights Holders and we work
with them against the counterfeiters. We will report piracy to facilitators (eg; auction sites
etc which offer
the pirated goods for sales - such as eBay,
Facebook and others) and possibly to the authorities and the media.
also work with search engines to remove pirate websites from online
We encourage people to tell us about
knockoffs and piracy (please see the
"Report Fakes to USA Anti Piracy" section below)
and we help people to obtain refunds.
USA Anti Piracy will investigate on behalf of clients
(copyright holders). These investigations can be open or secret (we
can investigate the same case in a number of ways) in order to
identify breaches of copyright and obtain evidence and take
appropriate action. Fake goods
come in many forms and from multiple sources. Eg;
knockoff DVDs or Blu-ray may be produced by a lone pirate (often
working in a "back room", kitchen, bedroom or shed) or a "counterfeiting
factory" with multiple DVD copying machines which clone CDs,
DVDs and Blu-ray disks.
Other pirates may purchase fake
goods for re-sale from dedicated online pirate sites - please note that
we do not provide links to such sites because we do not want to
promote them (we work to close them down).
Knockoffs are often sourced from factories in
India or China
(Guangzhou - also known as Canton or
Kwangchow, China is probably the counterfeiting capital
of the world). These goods are purchased in bulk for resale in
the USA. Sellers are usually aware of the true nature of their
stock but this may not always be the case because some suppliers
claim to be OEM factories and their stock is surplus or seconds.
However; we feel that in most cases, only an idiot would believe
It should also be noted that many
factories which produce knockoff goods use sub-standard safety
systems, sub-standard materials, sub-standard working practices and
many force children to work in conditions which would not be
tolerated in a legitimate operation.
Other pirated goods include
knockoffcar oils and liquids (such
as fake brake fluid). In these cases, low quality products are often
transferred to Premium grade containers (eg; low quality oil used
to fill Premium grade Oil containers and this is then sold as
Premium Grade oil). In such cases, the buyer is obviously
risking serious damage to his engine - or worse.
Eg; we recently identified
knockoff motorcycle parts and
knockoff car parts such as knockoff clutches. These clutches were
significantly cheaper than genuine items and would certainly have
worked (but only for a short time). When the clutch failed it may
well have caused damage and the customer would obviously have needed
to have a replacement fitted. As is usually the case with
counterfeit car parts; fitting a fake clutch is false economy.
Some counterfeiters even
openly produce and sell copies of Western vehicles such as Honda
Motorcycles and BMW Cars (yes; full size counterfeit Honda
Motorcycles and Counterfeit BMW Cars). BMW has taken legal action in
China against a company which was selling copies of the BMW X5 -
they lost. It is little wonder therefore, that sub standard
copies of car parts are being sold in the USA.
Potentially the worst counterfeit goods (in terms of danger to human
life) is probably
Knockoff medicines can kill.
Knockoff Medicines have killed.
USA Anti Piracy will also work
with legitimate companies and law enforcement agencies to combat the
threat from counterfeit medicines, but piracy and
knockoffs in general.
The unauthorized reproduction or distribution of a copyrighted work
is illegal. Criminal copyright infringement, including infringement
without monetary gain, is investigated by the FBI and is punishable
by fines and federal imprisonment.
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