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Published on July 23rd, 2014 | by Alan Cross

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Anyone Want to Buy Some Deats [sic] Headphones? The Beats Counterfeit Problem.

I’ve been to Beijing a couple of times and one of my favourite places to visit is the Silk Market, a place loaded with so much knockoff stuff you risk a brain bleed.  Techeblog has collected some photos of real fakes from around the world.

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Beats has a serious problem with counterfeit goods–and squishing the people responsible is proving to be very, very tricky.  From Billboard:

Last week, Beats Electronics obtained a restraining order against several copyright and trademark infringing websites alleged to sell counterfeit headphones. The lawsuit, filed July 9, ordered an injunction in Illinois against these online outlets and is the fifth such complaint filed by Beats this year. As well as highlighting the recently Apple-acquired brand’s ongoing struggle with phony products, the suit is a fascinating look into the sophisticated distribution network of counterfeiters spread throughout Asia.

Beats says the defendants are an interrelated group of Chinese counterfeiters working together to manufacture and sell phony products, but it is virtually impossible for the company to learn the defendants’ identities or exact interworking.

Read more here.

 




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