Donald Trump loses 359k on counterfeit MAGA hats on eBay. 51,000 fake hats sold

Submitted by Kevin Hoda on October 24, 2016   News Tags: ,

Donald Trump holds a trademark on many products for the text “Make America Great Again“. The most famous being the red hats.

A search on eBay for the trademark for hats brings up thousands of results. Here we take a look at the first 200 results returned for the keyword “Make America Great Again Hats“.

According to the data, Mr. Trump has lost $359,000 on 51,000 counterfeit hats sold on that platform. Read More

Giorgio and History Channel lose $64,060. Alien related or a fake shirt?

Submitted by Kevin Hoda on August 23, 2016   News Tags: , ,

Facebook somehow knew I watched the new episode on TV last week and decided to show me some advertisements about the show. As you can read here, a report shows that 24% of all Facebook ads lead to counterfeit product. I think the number is higher then that based on our own data. The ad that was shown to me was, you guessed it, a fake shirt. Read More

How you know Led Zeppelin will win the copyright court case

Submitted by Kevin Hoda on May 16, 2016   Commentary

One of the major copyright news stories of the year was that rock band Led Zeppelin was being sued for copyright infringement for the song “Stairway to Heaven”. Their most famous song and my personal favorite. I was quite surprised when they were sued and claims that the intro was stolen from the band Spirit. That and in the beginning Led Zeppelin was losing the case.

For decades there were claims they took the intro, however this was the first legal action against the rock band. While the media debated this, I already knew who would win the case. It was fairly obvious.

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Sellers take advantage of Coca Cola’s “share a coke” program, list bottles for sale on eBay with names of celebrities and brands

Submitted by Kevin Hoda on April 24, 2016   News Tags: , , ,

Last year Coca Cola launched a program where users can upload a name and Coca Cola will print the name on the bottle and ship it to you for $5. While 99% of those using the program did it to print their name or someone else they knew, a few decided to list names of celebrities and brands and sell them on eBay. Some even tricked users as listing the bottles as “Authentic”, as it was a real coke bottle, but it was not a real bottle authorized by the brand.

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How counterfeits enter the supply chain at companies like Amazon and Best Buy

Submitted by Kevin Hoda on July 15, 2015   Information Tags: , , , ,

On the XDA forum, a user had bought a counterfeit OtterBox but was stunned on how it happened. The user had known that the internet is full of counterfeit OtterBox cell phone cases, so he had bought the case at Best Buy to avoid getting a fake. After the purchase at Best Buy, the user thought the case looked fake. He posted on the forum thread and was referred by another user to Stigma Search’s counterfeit guide. From that guide he was able to tell that the case was indeed fake. But he asked how did Best Buy sell him a counterfeit? Read More