Is Buying Counterfeit Illegal
More than 40,000 illegal cigarettes, nearly 24kg of counterfeit tobacco, and 95 illegal disposable e-cigarettes were seized from two shops in Bensham this week. Officers from Gateshead Council's Trading Standards team and Police Officers from Northumbria Police uncovered the haul at Whitehall Corner Shop on Rawling Road, and Ali Baba on Coatsworth. Counterfeit goods have proliferated along with e-commerce. Here’s your primer on the growing world of fake products—and the forces working to combat them. Pirated and counterfeit goods If you buy pirated or counterfeit items, you are buying a flawed product and supporting an illegal trade that could involve serious criminal activity and harm.
You can help to combat copyright piracy and counterfeiting of trade marks by not bringing these goods into Australia.