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Flood of knockoff merchandise triggers a wider crackdown across US: Local law enforcement is now making 'counterfeit chic' seizures, but should taxpayers pay to protect corporate bottom lines?

Date: February 14, 2007
Author: Patrik Jonsson
QUOTE: Everyone agrees that trade in "counterfeit chic" has exploded over the past five years, expanding to include many more products and flooding the US market. Not everyone is united, though, on what to do about it. Manufacturers want an even more aggressive attack on patent and copyright violators, citing billions of dollars in lost sales. Others, however, suggest such crackdowns can go too far, impeding free enterprise, crimping artistic license, and even devoting too many taxpayer dollars to protecting the market position of corporations.

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