Illicit Trade on 19th August reported a claim by the Recording Industry Association of America (RIAA) that 25% of all CDs “fulfilled by Amazon” in the US are counterfeit.  This followed a recent sample purchase programme conducted by the RIAA, which represents major labels, which revealed that 11% of new CDs offered for sale on Amazon were fake, and 16% of new CD sold on eBay were bogus.  Included were “best of” or “greatest hits” CD or vinyl that purport to be from major record label artists on these platforms, even when the labels in question had never released such albums.

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Author: raytodd2017

Chartered Legal Executive and former senior manager with Isle of Man Customs and Excise, where I was (amongst other things) Sanctions Officer (for UN/EU sanctions), Export Licensing Officer and Manager of the Legal-Library & Collectorate Support Section

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