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FCC Busts Online Retailer For Counterfeit Smartphones

FCC's Enforcement Bureau charges Panasystem with importing devices marked with unauthorized Samsung and BlackBerry labels.

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5/22/2014 | 6:41:01 PM
Re: Fines, what fines?
Melgross, you're right on that!  Here's a case where government might possibly get out in front of counterfeiters by making publicly approved serial numbers and respective data available, and create an app that consumer can use to check the latest data -- or warnings, maybe -- before they buy. That wouldn't stop all the counterfeiters, but it might deter them from trading in the US.  Let's put crowd sourcing to work.
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5/21/2014 | 10:40:53 AM
Fines, what fines?
While $16,000 a day isn't too bad, to limit it to such a small amount is really just the cost of business. Will any company be put off by a measly $100,000 plus total? Not really. Until it gets into the millions, it means nothing. The fine should include the price of all phones imported, plus the daily fine, which shouldn't be time limited.
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