Jailhouse Frocks: Locating the Public Interest in Policing Counterfeit Luxury Fashion Goods
British Journal of Criminology, Vol. 50, No. 6, 2010
27 Pages Posted: 28 Jul 2010 Last revised: 2 Sep 2010
Date Written: July 27, 2010
Counterfeiting raises some interesting intellectual questions for criminologists, policy makers and brand owners, not least that it differs from the types of offending that traditionally form the crime diet of the criminal justice system. Whilst it is growing in prevalence due to the enormous returns on investment, it is unlikely that the public purse will fund major anti-counterfeiting initiatives in a climate of public sector cut-backs, emphasising the need to allocate resources effectively. This article seeks to locate the public interest in policing counterfeit luxury fashion goods by separating it out from the broader debate over safety-critical counterfeits such as aircraft parts. It then maps out, what is in effect, the criminology of desire for counterfeit goods, before outlining the market incentives for counterfeiting and related criminal activity.
Keywords: Cultural Criminology, Intellectual Property Crime, Counterfeiting, Luxury goods, Brands, Resource Allocation, Public Interest, Sociology of Consumption, Intellectual Property
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