- Crime of the Century
Counterfeiting goods is profitable and easy to get away with. Globalization has helped this crime go far above street level “knockoffs.”
- Cognitive Polyphasia
Journalist Tim Phillips explains why people buy counterfeits despite moral implications. RCMP Inspector Todd Gilmore leads the fight against fakes in Toronto.
- Hidden Camera Footage
Toronto Lawyer Lorne Lipkus talks about the rise and implications of counterfeit goods. He investigates at an indoor Asian mall.
- Cut Price Coats
Canada Goose jackets are a status symbol. Counterfeiting has become a serious problem for the company. Fakes made in China can be filled with bird parts.
- Museum of Counterfeiting
Philippe Lacoste is on the board of directors in Paris, France. The museum holds a collection of fake products that educates the public about the evils of these goods.
- Fake Car Parts
Lacoste displays real and counterfeit brake pads from the Museum of Counterfeiting.
- Copycat Industry in Dafen
Three quarters of counterfeit goods come from China, the largest manufacturing economy in the world. Art copying skills are passed from one generation to the next.
- Undercover Agents in Hong Kong
Western style consumer goods are in huge demand in China. Trying to protect patents and copyrights is challenging. A private investigator shares his methods.
- Dangers of Counterfeit Drugs
In the developing world, up to 50% of medicines are fake. Thousands of people die each year. The Department of Homeland Security is working on this global problem.
- Contaminated Medication
People buy and sell fake drugs all over the world using the internet. A woman from British Columbia died from painkillers and sleeping pills bought through an online pharmacy.
- Fake Airplane Replacement Parts
Aviation attorney Mary Schiavo discusses the resistance she met when investigating counterfeit parts.
- Concord Runway Catastrophe
Airliner parts were stolen and fitted to other aircraft after an American Airlines crash in Columbia. On July 25, 2000, 100 passengers died on takeoff due to a fake part.
- No National or Legal Boundary
The airline industry has made some changes to deter counterfeit parts. Many airlines send planes to foreign countries for repair.
- Counterfeit Parts in Defense Supply Chain
In 2012, the Senate Armed Services Committee revealed the extent of the problem. The military did business with privately owned parts brokers to save money.
- What is the Solution?
Consumer demand drives counterfeiting.