Curtailing Online Distribution of Counterfeit and Gray Market Goods
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Overview: Counterfeiting and gray market activity are major problems for brand owners. They pose serious financial and non-financial consequences for corporations, distribution partners and customers. Although these problems have existed for centuries, they are only exacerbated by the global reach, low cost and anonymity of the Internet. This renders the online channel a vast unknown element, over which brand owners may feel they have no visibility or control. To effectively manage this “vast unknown,” brand owners must proactively secure the online channel and monitor, investigate and respond to online commerce-related threats.