The Intellectual Property Crimes (IP Crimes) website is dedicated to educating law enforcement and all others regarding the harmful effects that IP Crimes have on our local communities and the entire world.
IP Crimes are a global problem and are not limited to certain areas or types of people. These crimes have devastating effects on all of us and have been tied into serious crimes, such as terrorism, drug trafficking, and child labor & exploitation.
IP Crimes are serious crimes that are “chipping” away at our world economy and our quality of life on a daily basis. There is no other type of crime where the risk is so small and the rewards can be so great. The subjects involved in IP Crimes can make more money selling counterfeit goods than trafficking in narcotics. We all lose out when our local economies lose millions of dollars each year in lost tax revenue because of these crimes. What about the thousands of local jobs that are also lost each year to counterfeiting and piracy?
The war on IP Crimes is no different than the war on drugs. In fact, they are the same. Law enforcement alone can’t stop counterfeiting and piracy. In order to have an effect and control the growth of IP Crimes, the consumers out there buying the counterfeit goods need to be educated on the true effects of counterfeiting and piracy.
Most consumers buying counterfeit goods do not realize that they may be funding organized crime groups, terrorist organizations, and street gangs when they are buying these items. Billions of dollars a year are spent by the consumers who are purchasing counterfeit and pirated goods.
We all need to educate those around us regarding IP Crimes and what each of us must do to protect our communities and economy.