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Politics Senators seek to curb counterfeit toys and goods sold online

02:05  01 december  2021
02:05  01 december  2021 Source:   thehill.com

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It seeks to explain what it is that is prevailing in choosing to purchase counterfeit merchandise online as oppose to genuine merchandise or generic goods online as well as through traditional distribution channels. Online interviews with consumers of counterfeit merchandise have been conducted. This paper only explores actual consumers of counterfeit merchandise; a further study should focus on online consumers of genuine goods and their perceptions toward online sales of counterfeits .

The new trade agreement includes provisions that seek to help prevent the sale of counterfeit goods on e-commerce platforms. The countries agreed that both parties will work to combat the prevalence of counterfeit or pirated goods and take action when they fail to stop this activity. 2. China shall provide that e-commerce platforms may have their operating licenses revoked for repeated failures to curb the sale of counterfeit or pirated goods .

As holiday shoppers rush to fill online shopping carts, senators on both sides of the aisle said Tuesday that additional measures must be taken to protect consumers from potentially hazardous counterfeit products.

Senators seek to curb counterfeit toys and goods sold online © Associated Press/Paul Sakuma Senators seek to curb counterfeit toys and goods sold online

Third-party online retailers, who often advertise on social media, can make it difficult for consumers to differentiate between real and counterfeit products, said Sen. Marsha Blackburn (R-Tenn.) at a Senate Commerce subcommittee hearing Tuesday.

"We're very concerned about what we see happening with some of the infiltration of counterfeit products," Blackburn said.

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“ Counterfeiting robs lawful rights holders of their unique ideas and the ability to make a profit from them,” said Robert Fencel, CBP Charleston Area Port Director. “It damages legitimate manufacturers, and can harm consumers because manufacturers of counterfeit items have little motivation to use safe, high quality With the growth of foreign trade, unscrupulous companies have profited billions of dollars from the sale of counterfeit and pirated goods . To combat the illicit trade of merchandise violating laws relating to IPR, trademark and copyright holders may register with CBP through an online system.

" Counterfeiters have followed consumers, and it is clear more must be done to combat the rising trend in online sales of counterfeit products," said Rep. Jerry Nadler (D-N.Y.) in a statement. Court decisions have previously found e-commerce companies like Amazon are not liable for counterfeits sold by In Amazon's case, more than half of gross merchandise sales come from third party-sellers. Josh Gerben, a trademark lawyer, said this bill would hold e-commerce companies more accountable for the goods sold on their sites. "Quite frankly it is about time that Congress did something about it

While many reputable third-party sellers list manufacturer information, it's easy for bad actors to hide behind the anonymity of the web and skirt regulations, said Sen. Richard Blumenthal (D-Conn.), adding that loopholes in current consumer protection laws need to be closed.

Section 6B of the Consumer Protection Act (CPA) prohibits the Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC) from sharing information with the public about specific manufacturers until the CPSC has taken"reasonable steps" to ensure the information is accurate and fair.

Blumenthal, who introduced a bill earlier this year to repeal 6B, said that the section delays the CPSC from disclosing hazards and puts consumers at risk.

"Changes to 6B would improve recall efficiency and give the CPSC more of the teeth it needs to be a real tiger and not a paper watchdog," Blumenthal said.

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Counterfeit consumer goods are goods , often of inferior quality, made or sold under another's brand name without the brand owner's authorization. Sellers of such goods may infringe on either the trademark

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While there isn't a reliable way to track the import and sale of counterfeit goods, consumer groups have expressed concerns that the pandemic-era boom in e-commerce has led to more phony goods in American homes.

Counterfeit and mislabeled goods put children at risk of choking on small parts or ingesting toxic materials, said Hannah Rhodes of the U.S. Public Interest Research Group, which publishes an annual toy safety report.

"It is alarming that a child could get their hands on a toy that has not been tested for safety given the hard work done by elected officials, consumer advocates and the U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission, all of whom have helped create and enforce modern safety standards," Rhodes said at the hearing.

In October, Customs and Border Protection officers in Baltimore seized a shipment from China of children's games coated in unsafe levels of lead, cadmium and barium.

The CPSC, whose responsibilities range from overseeing recalls to setting product safety standards, is led by a chairperson and five commissioners who are appointed by the President and confirmed by the Senate.

With one commissioner's seat vacant, Sen. Ed Markey (D-Mass.) said that the position needs to be filled soon so that the agency can get on with the business of enforcing regulations and catching offenders.

"All I want for Christmas is a fifth Consumer Product Safety Commissioner to be put in place," Markey said. "And then families across the country can rely upon the federal government to ensure these bad companies, these bad actors, don't endanger their children."

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