UKIPO study claims social networks “encourage IP infringement”; complicit consumers actively seek out fakes
Research commissioned by the UK Intellectual Property Office (UKIPO) has reinforced claims made by government enforcement agencies that social media platforms “encourage IP infringement”, while also amplifying counterfeiters’ messages by increasing the connectivity of potential complicit consumers. However, there is a caveat: the office has noted that the study is only based on a 2015 snapshot and further investigation is needed to uncover the true scale and nature of infringement.
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