uggs australia au made documentary looks at the world’s Counterfeit Culture
hope that this piece will provoke people to think a little deeper about the full implications of counterfeiting, says D sitting in the Halifax office of his Pilot Light Films. a serious crime that in some cases is killing people. It a mistake to think of it as a victimless crime. says he was attracted to the subject when he heard counterfeiting described as the crime of the century.an overused term. But the more we dug in, the more we realized there was something to that description. There is more money in counterfeiting than in human trafficking or heroin trafficking. Ten per cent of the world trade $700 billion is counterfeit goods. It overwhelming. We live in a culture where it is socially acceptable to buy counterfeit products and to flaunt it. filmmaker, who subscribes to a Google news alert, which every other day delivers dozens of stories about bogus goods, says everything a person can think of being faked is, from concert tickets to alcohol, from botox to brake pads, heart medications and electronics that end up in military equipment, from fighter jets to surface to air missiles.in, I thought it was just handbags and shoes, says D a longtime producer on This Hour Has 22 Minutes. it way bigger than that. People are dying. an imitation Louis Vuitton purse won put the company out of business, says Peill, acknowledging some people think the makers of luxury goods are robber barons. But he says there a connection between the seemingly harmless goods and the more dangerous ones.people who make fake hockey jerseys are also making fake antimalarial drugs. documentary was filmed in Shenzen, China, the whole world goes to buy fake electronic goods, from circuit boards to computer chips, says D as well as in Hong Kong like most Asian cities, there are counterfeiters at every street market. was also filmed in Paris, which, D notes, has very interesting museum of counterfeiting with everything imaginable, from building materials to toys. while there are people who knowingly buy fake goods and are happy to get a bargain, others,
particularly those that buy online, don realize they are getting a counterfeit product, says Peill.Even if you holding the real thing side by side with the fake, be it Ugg boots or Beats headphones by Dr. Dre, most of the time you can tell the difference, he continues.The documentary contains frightening statistics, such as that in some African and Asian countries up to half of all medicines are counterfeit and ineffective, and notes that in Panama in 2006, 350 people were killed by counterfeit cough syrup, and 300,000 people die every year in China after taking fake medications. it was a lightbulb moment, says D noting people thought fake drugs only existed on the Internet, not if you paid $2,000 a dose in a hospital.Peill notes that counterfeiting is happening at such a high level, wholesalers and retailers are being duped.two per cent of goods imported into Canada are checked. There not the manpower, resources or right to check everything and counterfeiters know that, says D year or so ago, he might have bought a fake Canada Goose parka, but no more.fashion, pharmaceuticals, auto parts have exploded in growth and will continue to grow as long as there no general awareness it isn right. I don know what it will take to make people wake up that counterfeiting is serious. Whatever catalyst is needed hasn happened. the meantime, Peill has some words of advice.something is advertised on the Internet as brand new, in the box at a third of the regular price and there are a whole bunch of the same item, it likely stolen or more likely counterfeit.