ISBN 9780749447755,Knock Off The Deadly Trade in Counterfeit Goods: The True Story of the World’s Fastest Growing Crime Wave

Knock Off The Deadly Trade in Counterfeit Goods: The True Story of the World’s Fastest Growing Crime Wave

Author:

Tim Philips

Publisher:

Kogan Page Limited

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ISBN 9780749447755
Publisher

Kogan Page Limited

Publication Year 2006
ISBN-13

ISBN 9780749447755

ISBN-10 0749447753
Binding

Paperback

Number of Pages 256 Pages
Language (English)
Subject

True crime

Counterfeiting is one of the fastest growing industries in the world - it is a market worth more than $ 500 billion, or 7 per cent of the world's trade. In this compelling account, Knockoff exposes the truth behind the fakes and uncovers the shocking consequences of dealing in counterfeit goods. Travelling 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.

This disturbing book will make you squirm in your seat if you've ever purchased counterfeit goods

About The Author
Tim Phillips is a well-known business journalist and broadcaster who has been published in the Wall Street Journal Europe. the International Herald Tribune, The Guardian and the Observer, and regularly appears on BBC TV and Radio and Sky News. His books include Scoring Points, also published by Kogan Page.

Table of Contents
Introduction: The knockoff economy
PART 1: ANYTING UNDER THE SUN: The second-oldest profession
Brand bandits
Counterfeit Alley
Sex and the purse party
PART 2: INSIDE THE KNOCKOFF ECONOMY
Copying is a beautiful thing
A greater Europe
I thought I had seen everything
Where buyers and sellers meet
War and peace
PART 3: YOU CANT'T COMPETE WITH FREE: Illusions
Lifting the stone
Ordinary criminals
Turning guns into CD burners
Making a scene
From Russia with windows
PART 4: COUNTERFEIT KILLERS: The capital of bogus parts
Under the hood
Show us the dead bodies
Men in white coats
Dora Akunyili must not die
Conclusion: Whack a mole
Appendix
Index

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