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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

David S. Wall

University of Leeds, Centre for Criminal Justice Studies

Jo Large

University of Glamorgan

Date Written: July 27, 2010

Abstract

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

Suggested Citation

Wall, David S. and Large, Jo, Jailhouse Frocks: Locating the Public Interest in Policing Counterfeit Luxury Fashion Goods (July 27, 2010). British Journal of Criminology, Vol. 50, No. 6, 2010 . Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=1649773

David S. Wall (Contact Author)

University of Leeds, Centre for Criminal Justice Studies ( email )

School of Law, Liberty Building
University of Leeds
Leeds, West Yorkshire LS2 9JT
United Kingdom
+44 113 343 9575 (Phone)

HOME PAGE: http://www.law.leeds.ac.uk/people/staff/wall/

Joanna Large

University of Glamorgan ( email )

Pontypridd CF37 1DL, Wales
United States

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