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Knockoff: The Deadly Trade in Counterfeit Goods: The True Story of the World's Fastest Growing Crimewave [Paperback]

Tim Phillips
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"..a recommended pick for any serious business library." -- The Bookwatch, October 2007

"Explores a growing trend."
-- SciTech News, November 2007

Book Description

Knockoff exposes the truth behind fake and counterfeit goods and reveals the links between organised crime and illegal goods. Describes how the counterfeiters' criminal network costs jobs, cripples developing countries and breeds corruption.

From the Publisher

Knockoff by Tim Phillips was the media winner of the Global Anti-Counterfeiting Awards 2006. The event, sponsored by Authentication News™, published by Reconnaissance International and the Global Anti-Counterfeiting Group (GACG) Network recognises the achievements of organisations and individuals that contribute to the campaign against the trade in fakes ‘above and beyond the call of duty’. --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.

From the Inside Flap


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.


"Tim Phillips’ book provides us with a deeper insight into this knockoff economy which he so aptly calls ‘a criminal empire of huge proportions’."

Michael Danet, Secretary-General, World Customs Organization

"Tim Phillips explores different aspects of the modern global counterfeiting crime wave and presents them in a highly readable style with some
fascinating insights. This is a book that will inform, inspire and alarm."

Peter Lowe, ICC Counterfeiting Intelligence Bureau

"Tim Phillips’ book destroys any notion that counterfeiting of branded
goods is some sort of ‘Robin Hood’ crime, and shows it for
what it truly is – dangerous, corrupt and endemic.
Revealing, informative, interesting and highly readable, anyone who thinks
that their health and safety is untouched by these issues should read it.
This book is an important read for both consumers and policy makers."

Graham Satchwell, former Detective Superintendent,
Managing Director of Proco Solutions

"Tim Phillips has synthesized a stunning amount of information in Knockoff, which joins the best of the bunch about counterfeiting and piracy.
It is well researched, immensely readable and offers some dramatic new insights into ‘the crime of the 21st century’. Thoroughly recommended."

Ruth Orchard, Director-General, The Anti-Counterfeiting Group


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. --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.

About the Author

Tim Phillips is a freelance journalist. He has written for The Wall Street Journal Europe, The International Herald Tribune, The Guardian and The Observer, and The Sunday Times about business, the internet and technology. Tim is currently the Managing Editor of Performance Plus Magazine and regularly appears on BBC TV and Radio and Sky News. His books include Scoring Points (Kogan Page).

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Foreword: Cat hair on the sofa; Part one: Everything under the sun; Super Cow Museum of Counterfeiting, Paris; Counterfeit Alley New York; Like a bad movie Beijing; Sex and the Purse Party Los Angeles; A greater Europe Venice to Warsaw; Where buyers and sellers meet eBay; I thought I had seen everything Brussels

Part two: You cant compete with free: Illusions Islamabad, Pakistan; Lifting the stone the IFPI forensics lab; Ordinary criminals street market, Yorkshire; The Lion King Northern Ireland; From the topserver down the world wide web; From Russia with Warez Moscow

Part three: Death by fake: AA965 Cali, Colombia; Corrosion corner Miami; Whats under the hood? Washington; Show us the dead bodies London; Dora Akunyili must not die! Nigeria; Fighting bees with a hammer Delhi; Afterword: Is there a better way?

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