Group calls for crackdown on piracy, fake goods
Most of 2007 report’s recommendations not implemented
If a piracy and counterfeiting report to be released Tuesday reminds MPS of something they’ve seen before, it should — the recommendations were first put forward in March 2007.
Postmedia News has learned the Canadian Anti-counterfeiting Network will be releasing a list of recommendations to crack down on fraudulent goods — from music to auto parts and even to medication — with only minor changes from the previous iteration because the government has followed through on few of the group’s proposals.
According to John Cotter, chair of the CACN — a lobby group of proponents, including retailers and producers — the government, despite taking some small steps forward, still needs to do more.
“In general terms, and there are a couple of exceptions, the various recommendations in the initial road map still stand today.” Cotter said. “The problem hasn’t gone away, in fact the counterfeiting and piracy problem has grown (since 2007).”
The issue was highlighted in August when border agents — along with the RCMP — were able to nab a shipment of fake Winnipeg Jets jerseys, less than a month after the team unveiled the sweaters.
The CACN’S first report included 16 recommendations, including broader powers for police and customs officials, tougher laws against piracy and imposing fines on importers and retailers of fake goods.
A May 2007 report issued by a parliamentary committee offered similar recommendations, Cotter said. Even with the added weight of the second report, few of the changes were implemented.
“Resources are required for law enforcement and others to be able to effectively enforce the existing laws and the new laws that are needed,” he said.
Cotter said one of the most important things the government needs to do is to give border agents increased power to seize suspect goods at the border. Currently, customs agents don’t have the ability, where many countries, such as the United States, do.
“If you can stop it from coming into the country, you don’t have to deal with it downstream ... rather than it getting broken up and distributed to who knows how many different people, and re-sold.”.