RCMP and ROM Receive International Award
TORONTO, June 8 /CNW/ - The Canadian Anti-Counterfeiting Network (CACN)
today marks World Anti Counterfeiting Day by congratulating the
RCMP and the Royal Ontario Museum (ROM) for receiving a prestigious
award from the Global Anti-Counterfeiting Group (GACG) in Paris today.
The RCMP received one of six awards for "Public Body", marking its
enforcement efforts against counterfeiting in Canada.
"The RCMP really deserves to be commended for their creativity in
addressing counterfeiting and piracy in Canada given its outdated laws
and insufficient criminal provisions," said Brian Isaac, Chair of CACN.
"The RCMP has also been extremely active in public awareness campaigns,
educational initiatives - including CACN's Reality Tour - and
internationally with the Interpol Intellectual Property Crime Action
Group," he added.
The ROM received a "Highly Commended Honour" from the GACG for
developing and presenting the Fakes & Forgeries: Yesterday and Today
exhibition, which highlights counterfeiting in artwork, artefacts and in
every day consumer products. The exhibition was on display at the ROM
from January 9 to April 4, 2010 and is currently touring museums across
CACN also marks World Anti-Counterfeiting Day by officially launching a
new online video entitled Buy the Real Thing! aimed at youth and
shot during CACN's 2009 Reality Tour. The video can be accessed on
CACN's Web site at: http://www.cacn.ca/.
Counterfeiting is a pressing public policy issue because it endangers
people's lives, supports criminal and terrorist organizations and causes
significant economic damage. There is no doubt that annual sales of
counterfeit and pirated products in Canada are in the billions of
dollars causing significant losses from the legitimate market to the
black market and damage to rights holders and their employees,
legitimate manufacturers, distributors and retailers of knocked off
products, consumers and government (including through significant loss
of tax revenue).
"From fake purses to fake electrical appliances, counterfeiting is a
problem that governments and consumers should take to heart," says
Isaac. "We all have a stake in ensuring that the organized criminals
behind fakes like counterfeit children toys, fake pharmaceuticals,
counterfeit auto and airplane parts and counterfeit DVDs and video games
don't get away with fooling customers or worse, endangering lives."
The Canadian Anti-Counterfeiting Network (CACN) is a coalition of
individuals, companies, firms and associations that have united in the
fight against product counterfeiting and copyright piracy in Canada and
internationally. The originating members of CACN include broad-based
organizations, such as the Canadian Association of Importers and
Exporters, the Canadian Standards Association (CSA), the
Electro-Federation Canada, the Canadian Entertainment Software
Association and the Canadian Motion Picture Distributors Association;
companies from a range of industries; and law firms representing a host
of intellectual property (IP) rights holders - Canadian and foreign -
with significant businesses in Canada.
SOURCE CANADIAN ANTI-COUNTERFEITING NETWORK
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Visit www.cacn.ca or contact:
- Julien Lavoie, CACN Public Relations at 416-620-7171 ext. 248 or firstname.lastname@example.org; or
- RCMP Media Relations at 613-993-2999; or
- Lauren Schneider, Publicist, ROM at 416-586-5547 or email@example.com