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Mon August 8, 2011

Counterfeit Crackdown!

Public Radio 89.5 HD1 – Counterfeit Crackdown!

"This is an unfinishable battle. [You] try to do everything, but it is a long war." - Gyula Alm si, head of Hungary's Intellectual Property Rights Defense Department

This particular long war isn't against terrorists. It's against counterfeiters. Companies have been fighting the proliferation of knockoff Rolexes and Gucci bags for years. Now both business and - quite literally - people's lives are at risk as counterfeiters move in on markets for everything from drugs to car parts. In this edition of America Abroad, we examine how Globalization and the Internet make it tougher and tougher to catch the copycats. And, as the developing world is learning, where new consumers create a demand, the black market shall supply - and that can kill local industries and people alike.

Hear this story on America Abroad, Friday evening at 8:00, on Public Radio 89.5 HD1.