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New York takes a stand against unauthorized ticket resellers

At 10.29pm EST on Monday 28th November 2016, the fight against the illegal resale of tickets in New York State took a new direction when Governor Andrew Cuomo signed a bill that criminalizes the use of ‘ticket bots’. Ticket bots are machines that run scripts on ticketing websites that can complete transactions faster than a human can, and thus capture tickets for popular events almost instantaneously. For anyone left scratching their head, empty handed after failing to secure just-released tickets for sporting events, theatre shows or concerts – ticket bots are the reason.

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A ticket to ride?

We’ve discussed the issues surrounding counterfeit tickets in a number of previous articles, as well as how technology has facilitated the ease with which they can be passed to legitimate buyers without their knowledge until they’re refused entry into events.

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2017 – the year of…?

Rolling towards the end of November and into the almost daily updates to the kids’ Christmas lists, it’s that time when we start to look ahead to next year and think about the changes that we might expect to see over those 12 months.

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Five tips to ensure that you stay one step ahead of the Black Friday and Cyber Monday madness

Despite their origins across the Atlantic, Black Friday and Cyber Monday are now as big a part of the UK’s digital economy as they are in the United States. A few UK retail stores use Black Friday to kick off their Christmas offers, but it certainly doesn’t have the same level of traction in the high streets and shopping centers as it does in America. However, online it’s a different matter.

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Zuckerberg, we have a problem

For those of us who have been around social media for a while, we’ve learnt to take the content published with a pinch of salt. Whether it’s the incessant “you will never believe what she did next” buzzfeed-type stories, the ‘looks too good to be true’ discount vouchers or counterfeit goods, or the recently discovered videos proving that the Loch Ness monster is real, the aim remains the same − to drive traffic to external websites where more nefarious activities can be actioned by cyber-criminals.

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The risks of the online counterfeit economy

Building on NetNames' 'Counting the cost of counterfeiting' report, 'The risks of the online counterfeit economy' looks the state of play in online counterfeiting, which makes it readily apparent that no brand can afford to underestimate the sophistication of the fraudsters now exploiting the digital world for their own ends. NetNames has commissioned a detailed investigation of the issues by Cebr, the independent economics and business research consultancy, and has brought together multiple studies from around the world. We examine how the conjunction of counterfeiting and digital is impacting the most popular consumer goods – and how brands can fight back.

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Online fakes cost up to €167 billion

Brand protection firm NetNames has released new research estimating that...

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THE TIMES - High cost of fake goods

Counterfeiting has grown to such an extent that the UK "market" is valued at EURO21.6 billion, according to reserach by NetNames, an online brand protection company.

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Belfast Telegraph - £17bn of fake goods 'costing tens of thousands of British jobs

Counterfeit goods have cost the UK economy 21.6 billion US dollars (£17.3 billion) and destroyed 72,000 British jobs in 2016, a new report claims.

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Counterfeiting costs EU governments up to €167 billion every year

72,000 jobs lost in the UK due to counterfeiting. NetNames - a CSC company and leading online brand protection specialist, today releases new research revealing the economic impact of counterfeiting on the global economy and global job market.

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Independent - £17bn of fake goods 'costing tens of thousands of British jobs

Cigarettes, food, luxury goods and alcohol are among the fake goods which have entered the UK market and are putting British jobs at risk.

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Common ale-ments

Earlier this week at the INTA Leadership conference in Fort Lauderdale, there was a very interesting session on the growth in craft brewing and how it has affected the management of intellectual property disputes. I say interesting as there was free beer on offer...

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Is the thrill of buying counterfeits fueling the problem of IP abuse?

Three years ago, consultancy firm PwC published a ground-breaking report into the attitudes of consumers towards counterfeit goods. It was the first survey for many years that focused on why people bought or consumed fake items; the results were both enlightening and worrying.

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IQPC Global IP exchange, San Diego

16 November 2016

We'll be attending the IQPC Global IP Exchange, a forum bringing together brand owners with innovative solution providers to discover new ideas and make new connections.

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Amazon sues: taking the fight to counterfeiters

This week has seen big news in the anti-counterfeiting arena, as Amazon has filed two lawsuits against sellers allegedly selling counterfeit items through its online marketplace.

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A dotBrand full of beans

The new gTLD program could be described as a ‘slow burner’ in terms of changing the way we register, market and search for domain names. I’m not alone in hoping that we would have seen a big (dot) bang when the program started in earnest three years ago. Instead we've seen plenty of registration activity but only a small percentage of new gTLDs being actively used.

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One weird trick to steal your money

On this year’s World Diabetes Day1, it is sobering to reflect on the recent, depressing predictions by Public Health England concerning the disease. The organization released a forecast stating that the number of people with the disease could top five million if obesity rates continue to increase, with one in ten adults in the UK being at risk of developing diabetes by 2035. This would mean that £1 of every £6 spent by the NHS would be allocated to providing care for diabetes patients2.

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Using TTL to mitigate the impact of DNS interruption

There’s not a week goes by when we don’t hear of another attempted, or successful, cyber-attack. In the past few days, we’ve seen a UK bank admit that around 20,000 customers were affected by an intrusion over the weekend, which represents a new level in the cyber-attacks leveled at the financial sector.

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Trumping the domain name world

As luck would have it I arrived in New York last night in time to watch the US Presidential Election results unfold. Between 10pm and 1am EST the vote was too close to call but in the next hour or so Donald Trump’s lead started to become clear and by 3am he was announced the 45th President of the United States of America. So how did the ebb and flow of the last few days of campaigning and the events of last night impact domain name registrations featuring the keywords 'Trump' and 'Clinton'?

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The social presidency

Today, the fight for the White House will be resolved after the most controversial and divisive political campaigns ever. Both candidates have tried to engage voters of all ages, using social media and online campaigns extensively to try to increase the number of people who will cast their vote, which has traditionally been around 54% of the electorate.

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