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Germany — Pirate products cost German economy 70,000 jobs

26 April 2010

The Association of German Industry (BDI), the German Chambers of Industry and Commerce (DIHK), the Brands Association (Markenverband) and the Action Group against Product and Brand Pirating (AMP), will today present a proposal on actions against industrial pirating to the Minister for Justice, Sabine Leutheusser-Schnarrenberger, Die Welt reports.

According to the associations, the German economy loses between 29 billion Euro and 50 billion Euro per annum to product and brand pirates. DIHK estimates that 70,000 jobs have fallen by the wayside due to international pirating.

The International Chamber of Commerce (ICC) estimates that 1.2 million jobs in Europe will be endangered by 2015 due to the importation of falsified products.

The proposal suggests that the European patent system is improved, that the police and customs work more closely together on the enforcement of existing laws and that the government sanctions pirating which, according to the associations is currently "a highly profitable criminal business with almost no risks to the perpetrators."

At the top of the proposal is the suggestion that awareness and respect for intellectual property needs to be created among consumers. The associations estimate that 40% of Europeans below the age of 35 consciously buy pirate products because they are cheap and look almost exactly like the original.



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