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.
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