We tag along with German customs agents at a trade fair as they look for counterfeit products. Consumer goods are quite often copied illegally, but so are car parts and medications.
Chinese e-commerce giant Alibaba has filed lawsuits against two vendors for allegedly selling counterfeit goods. The move came after the US put Alibaba's main platform on its notorious markets blacklist.
Counterfeiters often sell their goods at lowers price than the original, closing off competition and leading to losses for authentic manufacturers.
Intellectual property (IP) is back in focus after US President Trump asked his trade office to look into the issue of China allegedly stealing American technology and IP, and eroding US firms' competitive edge.
Spying on the digital underground requires discreet and tech-savvy cops. Germany's Federal Criminal Police Office has presented a new study on cybercrime. The BKA does not intend to shut the darknet down.
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