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Brazil’s Opportunity to Show Good Sportsmanship in IP

Brazil’s Opportunity to Show Good Sportsmanship in IP

While the snowboards, bobsleds, and skis are dominating the courses in Sochi, we here at IP Delivers are in the spirit of looking forward to other upcoming major global sporting events: the 2014 World Cup and the 2016 Summer Olympics, both of which will be in Brazil. Hosting the games is not only an honor but can also provide a major boost to the country’s economy. South Africa, the previous host of the World Cup, generated $200 million in ad revenues alone during the games, pulling the country out of a recession and stimulating double digit economic growth.

Counterfeiting and Piracy Fuel Organized Crime: UN

Counterfeiting and Piracy Fuel Organized Crime: UN

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Would you willingly hand over your hard-earned cash or credit card information to organized criminals, who sell drugs, facilitate human trafficking, and support terrorists? Whether you realize it or not, purchasing counterfeit goods or accessing illicit content on the web is oftentimes fuelling international crime, according to a new study by the United Nations Office on Drugs and Crime (UNODC).

U.S. Chamber of Commerce Issues Consumer Alert Tips For Avoiding Dangerous Fakes Online

U.S. Chamber of Commerce Issues Consumer Alert Tips For Avoiding Dangerous Fakes Online

On Cyber Monday 2012, consumer spending mushroomed to $1.5 billion in online sales, with experts forecasting even more growth in 2013. Unfortunately, illicit websites offering counterfeit goods that appear identical to the genuine products are also growing exponentially, duping holiday shoppers into buying shoddy and sometimes downright dangerous products. The U.S. Chamber of Commerce’s Global Intellectual Property Center, which represents a large cross-section of the world’s most innovative and creative businesses, is issuing a consumer safety alert and tips for consumers to avoid purchasing these dangerous fakes.

Music Piracy: The Forgotten African Disease

Music Piracy: The Forgotten African Disease

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If you have ever been to Africa, you understand the importance of music to the culture of the people across the continent. Music is a part of every aspect of daily life – from harvesting coffee beans in the morning, to cooking a meal for the village in the afternoon, to worshiping in church on Sundays. And the music resonates in African society in a manner unparalleled by anything you can encounter state-side.

Wizards Don’t Infringe Copyright

Wizards Don’t Infringe Copyright

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Wizards in the Harry Potter world can create exact copies of any object with the flick of a wrist! The ‘Geminio’ spell (used in the Deathly Hallows, book 7) can create a near-perfect counterfeit of anything. Think of the uses! There could be illegal vendors everywhere in this world, selling counterfeit Firebolts, fake Quidditch World Cup merchandise, pirated textbooks; the possibilities are endless, and production of these fakes would be so easy. Surely wizards would buy or make counterfeits of everything!