During Prohibition in 1920`s Chicago,
law enforcement agencies sought to close Capone's
Distilleries, Breweries and Speakeasies. Their problem was
not that they did not know their location, but rather that
no one was willing to act against Capone.
to the supply of fakes, knockoff, bootleg and copies of
copyright material and goods in modern Britain, we all know
these items are widely available on Pirate websites and we
all know that the "worst affected" is eBay.
was a bootlegger, eBay facilitates modern bootlegging.
Although eBay is certainly not a criminal organisation, we all know that a
proportion of its income is generated from the
sale of illegal goods. UK Anti Piracy now works
with eBay to fight fakes and counterfeits being sold on
eBay and eBay also works with license holders via the Vero
eBay is arguably the most successful
auction site of all time. At the time of writing, eBay has a
reported global customer base of 233,000,000 people in 37
eBay had acquired a reputation as being an "open market" for pirated
goods - eBay facilitates piracy.
We continue to work with and assist license holders and
eBay in the struggle against Piracy on eBay.
although we regularly succeed in removing sellers who trade in
Counterfeit Goods, the problem is massive and it is not confined
to eBay (there are also issues with other sites). We now also
work with Google, Facebook, YouTube, Ioffer and others.
We also wok with Chinese websites
Taobao, DHgate and Alibaba.
victims of counterfeits - people who have inadvertently
bought fake goods from eBay
to obtain a full refund.
Please do not return fake items
- they are your evidence and the Pirate will often simply
We are working
with manufacturers and legitimate dealers to drive pirates
out of business.