Jailhouse frocks: Locating the public interest in policing counterfeit luxury fashion goods

David S. Wall, Joanna Large

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Abstract

Counterfeiting raises some interesting intellectual questions for criminologists, policy makers and brand owners, not least that it differs from the types of offending that traditionally form the crime diet of the criminal justice system. Whilst it is growing in prevalence due to the enormous returns on investment, it is unlikely that the public purse will fund major anti-counterfeiting initiatives in a climate of public sector cut-backs, emphasizing the need to allocate resources effectively. This article seeks to locate the public interest in policing counterfeit luxury fashion goods by separating it out from the broader debate over safety-critical counterfeits such as aircraft parts. It then maps out what is, in effect, the criminology of desire for counterfeit goods, before outlining the market incentives for counterfeiting and related criminal activity.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)1094-1116
Number of pages23
JournalBritish Journal of Criminology
Volume50
Issue number6
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - Nov 2010

Keywords

  • brand consumption
  • brands
  • counterfeiting
  • cultural criminology
  • intellectual property crime
  • luxury goods
  • public interest
  • resource allocation

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