THUNDER BAY, ON, Feb. 25, 2014 /CNW/ - After some recent seizures, the
Thunder Bay RCMP would like to remind the public that it is an offence
in Canada to sell and distribute merchandise bearing unlicensed or
unregistered trademarks without the permission of the trademark owner.
Individuals involved in these types of activities could face charges of
fraud under the Criminal Code or charges under the Copyright Act for offering for sale an infringing copy of work where copyright
subsists. If convicted, individuals could face imprisonment for a term
not exceeding two years under the Criminal Code or fines up to twenty-five thousand dollars or imprisonment for a term
not exceeding six months (or both) under the Copyright Act.
Counterfeit goods - whether smuggled into the country or produced in
Canada - represent a financial loss to legitimate businesses,
governments and taxpayers. Thousands of jobs are lost when legitimate
companies lose sales to counterfeiters. These goods are often cheaply
made and not up to Canadian standards therefore they not only defraud
consumers, but may also represent risks to consumer/user safety.
The following tips may assist the public in determining if the product
Package: Examine the packaging and look for spelling errors or shoddy
Price: If it seems too good to be true, it probably is.
Place: Buy from reputable retailers and use extra diligence when purchasing
items through the Internet.
Product: Is the quality and appearance of the product satisfactory?
Further information to assist the public is available on the RCMP's
Anyone with information regarding the sale or production of counterfeit
merchandise is asked to contact the Ontario RCMP at 1-800-387-0020 or
Crime Stoppers at 1-800-222-8477.
SOURCE: Royal Canadian Mounted Police
For further information:
S/Sgt. Normand ROY
NCO i/c Thunder Bay Detachment
RCMP "O" Division
Office: (807) 623-2791