Problems regarding piracy and counterfeiting

The task force established by Kosovo’s government to stop the sale of counterfeit goods is showing results and joining a trend of regional governments in aggressively targeting pirated materials. Authorities have confiscated thousands of counterfeit CDs and DVDs in the first week after the government’s announcement in August that they will have a zero-tolerance policy […]

karanovic_nikolic-240x39The task force established by Kosovo’s government to stop the sale of counterfeit goods is showing results and joining a trend of regional governments in aggressively targeting pirated materials. Authorities have confiscated thousands of counterfeit CDs and DVDs in the first week after the government’s announcement in August that they will have a zero-tolerance policy on piracy. In the first raid, the Market Inspectorate seized 10,000 copies of CDs of foreign music, movies and computer software. Additionally, the Kosovo police cybercrime unit, which is part of the task force, is investigating more than 200 internet addresses that are reported by copyright owners allegedly producing counterfeit materials causing multi-million euros worth of damage to the budget.

 

Source: Karanovic & Nikolic Law Office, IP highlights September 2013

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