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The widespread availability of counterfeit goods in the marketplace is a significant problem for consumers, legitimate intellectual property rights holders, and enforcement entities alike. The counterfeiting issues we see in traditional marketplaces are amplified in the borderless world of e-commerce. The growth in recent years of counterfeit products has been facilitated in part by shifting consumer preferences for shopping online and the proliferation of online merchants.  And in recent years, this scourge has become harder for brands, law enforcement and customs to fight. Today, most e-commerce platforms do not require online sellers to product proof of the legitimacy of the goods posted online.

 

A coalition of IP rights holders, consumers, and law enforcement have taken this fight to Congress, which is considering legislation to curb the proliferation of counterfeit goods sold online. The SHOP Safe Act (H.R. 3429/S. 1843) incentivizes e-commerce platforms to take proactive steps to prevent the sale of counterfeits, imposing legal liability on them if counterfeits are sold on their platforms but holding them immune if they adopt best practices (e.g., greater vetting of sellers, transparency, screening, information-sharing, standardized enforcement measures) to keep dangerous counterfeits out of the hands of consumers. The INFORM Consumers Act (S. 936) would require online marketplaces to verify and publicly disclose key identification information for high-volume third-party sellers in order to better equip consumers and IP rights holders to combat online counterfeiting.

 

If you support this fight, we could use your help in educating our public officials about the  need to “Be Safe Buy Real” and the potential benefits passage of legislation such as the SHOP Safe Act and INFORM Consumers Act could bring. Many legislators believe that a letter represents not only the position of the writer but also many other constituents who did not take the time to write.  As you can see, we have created a simple and easy way for you to share this information with your elected officials and urge them to take action. 

Please use your home address and your personal email to send the message to your local legislator. 

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Note:  This is messaging campaign is only open to citizens of the United States as this tool only communicates to U.S. legislators.

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