"This is an unfinishable battle. [You] try to do everything, but it is a long war."
– Gyula Almási, 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. 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. The policing the world’s market for fakes, phonies, and frauds… Counterfeit Crackdown!
Executive Producer: Aaron Lobel / AAM Producers: Monica Bushman, Sean Carberry, Mallory Durr, Jordana Gustafson, Ann Kim and Matt Ozug / Interns: Ethan Chiel and Brendan Maaghul / Additional production help: Brett Myers, Yusuf Misdaq and Flawn Williams / Director of Broadcasting and Station Relations: Steve Martin / Web Producer: Javier Barrera / Photo credit: Kevin Ho /Host: Deborah Amos
Deborah Amos speaks with Victoria Espinel, the first US Intellectual Property Enforcement Coordinator, about US government efforts to enforce IP.
Deborah Amos speaks with intellectual property experts Chris Sprigman and John Whealan about when and why intellectual property matters and about the challenges of enforcing IP rights across borders.