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Social media revealed as the new counterfeiting frontline

James Nurton, London

Sales of counterfeit goods via social media rose 15% in 2013-14, while sales via online auction sites rose 2%, according to the IP Crime Report, published by the UK’s IP Crime Group

But enforcement agencies are fighting back: 69% of local authorities investigating IP crime used social media to do so, while 65% investigated auction sites.

The Report, published today, notes that social media is now a “lead location” for investigating IP...

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