Counterfeiting ‘criminals’ need harsher punishments

CBC News

Canada needs stricter laws and harsher penalties for people who make counterfeit products and retailers who knowingly sell knock-off goods, the Canadian Anti-Counterfeiting Network said Tuesday.

Little progress has been made in tackling the growing problem of counterfeiting in the four years since the advocacy group handed down recommendations to combat it, the network said in its executive update to its 2007 Report on Counterfeiting and Piracy in Canada: A Road Map for Change.

“Despite two parliamentary committees unanimously calling for reform and commitments in throne speeches, insufficient changes have been implemented to adequately address the evolving international and domestic trade in counterfeit and pirated products,” it said.

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