Twenty-eight percent of Canadians admit knowingly buying counterfeit goods?

TORONTO (Reuters) - Twenty-eight percent of Canadians admit knowingly buying counterfeit goods such as knockoff clothes, watches, purses and movies, according to a survey released on Tuesday. The survey, conducted by polling firm and also found that 12 percent of respondents found out later that a product... show more TORONTO (Reuters) - Twenty-eight percent of Canadians admit knowingly buying counterfeit goods such as knockoff clothes, watches, purses and movies, according to a survey released on Tuesday.


The survey, conducted by polling firm and also found that 12 percent of respondents found out later that a product they bought was a knockoff.

"The combined figure is slightly more than triple the proportion found in the United States by (polling firm) Gallup," the CACN said in a statement. "There, just 13 percent of Americans purchased, copied or downloaded imitation or counterfeit products."

The CACN represents companies and industry associations fighting product counterfeiting and copyright piracy in Canada and abroad. Its members include Adidas, Microsoft Canada, Nike and the Canadian Recording Industry Association.

The survey found that when they are informed that proceeds from the knockoff market go to organized crime, 86 percent of respondents said they would be less likely to buy counterfeit products.

"If there is a silver lining here, it is the evidence that Canadians will refrain from buying counterfeit goods when they know about the involvement of organized crime," Lorne Lipkus, chairman of the CACN's education and training committee, said in a statement.

"This tells us that, if we pass the right laws, empower our police forces, and educate our citizens, then we can solve this problem."www.eluxurybay.com

The survey found that 70 percent of respondents favor heavy fines as a counterfeiting deterrent, while 43 percent favor jail time and 4 percent would "leave things as they are."

The online poll surveyed 2,034 households between February 16 and February 20 and has an estimated sampling error of plus or minus 2.2 percent in 19 out of 25 cases.
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