On holiday as well, say no to copies!


03.07.2014

Genève Aéroport is a partner of the campaign being run this summer by STOP PIRACY to make travellers aware of the risks and dangers associated with counterfeit products. An information booth on counterfeiting and piracy is in place at the airport from 4 to 13 July 2014

With the aim of making travellers aware of the scourge of counterfeiting and piracy, the STOP PIRACY association is running an information booth from 4 to 13 July 2014 in collaboration with customs and Genève Aéroport. Under the slogan “A copy? No, thanks!”, they are informing travellers about the risks and underside of this phenomenon. The information booth is on the 1st floor of Genève Aéroport, before security control (in front of the “Prêt-à-Manger” restaurant, public area) and is open every day from 09:00 to 19:00.

Counterfeiting and piracy affect almost all articles with a reputation. Using a huge showcase of counterfeit objects on display, STOP PIRACY shows clearly just how extensive the phenomenon is: mobile phones, tee-shirts, handbags, pharmaceuticals, software, CDs, spare parts, anything and everything.

Importing counterfeit goods into Switzerland is prohibited. Customs can seize and destroy counterfeit goods, even if an item is “just” a little holiday souvenir for private use. A supposedly inconsequential bargain found during the holidays is not a minor offence.

According to the most recent statistics from the Swiss Customs Directorate (DGD), customs offices took action 5,500 times last year to seize counterfeit goods. For commercial goods traffic, 75% of packages seized were from China, while for tourist traffic, counterfeit goods were imported mainly from Turkey.

For Swiss tourists, there are also plenty of reasons not to buy counterfeit goods while on holiday. The gangs of counterfeiters are often a branch of organised crime. They attach no importance to the quality of products, working conditions, safety rules, and health-related precautions. Buying counterfeit goods is tantamount to supporting groups that pay neither taxes nor social welfare contributions and that behave unfairly.

Given the turnover running into several billions generated in global trade in counterfeit goods, major transnational efforts are needed to be able to understand the mechanisms of this industry and to hope to combat it. At the beginning of this year, UNODC, the United Nations agency to combat crime, drugs and terrorism, published a detailed report on counterfeiting as part of a new awareness-building campaign. The report reveals that the business of counterfeiting is in the hands of sadly notorious criminal organisations like the Camorra, Yakuza or Chinese Triads, which draw on their experience in other criminal activities like drugs or people trafficking. Europol has reached the same conclusions.

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STOP PIRACY is the Swiss platform to combat counterfeiting and piracy. The non-profit association is doing an important job informing and building awareness among consumers and is actively involved in cooperation between the authorities and the economy. Given the structure of its membership, STOP PIRACY is a politically neutral association that cannot take sides in rights enforcement. STOP PIRACY positions itself with the public with specific facts and is actively engaged in information on the phenomenon of counterfeiting and piracy.

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STOP PIRACY Association: www.stop-piracy.ch

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