Some may question why members of both the state and federal government would devote considerable time and resources to finding counterfeit purses and such. Although their efforts may seem unreasonable to some, there are few legitimate explanations as to why law enforcement officials target counterfeiters. First, counterfeit goods violate state and federal trademark laws which subsequently violate the IP rights of trademark owners such as Louis Vuitton, Gucci, Lacoste, Nike, etc. Secondly, intelligence information has revealed that large scale counterfeit operations are often a part of larger criminal organizations. Therefore, buying counterfeit goods may directly supports organized crime. Finally, these types of counterfeiting operations takes away legitimate job opportunities for those in fashion and other related industries. So, when evaluating the bigger picture, what was accomplished by ICE, HSI and MPD can certainly be considered an effective use of our tax dollars.
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