There are 2 types of offenses in the electronics sector:
  • “piracy”, the most common and widespread, consisting in illegal actions to the detriment of copyright and related rights concerning intellectual property (music, cinematographic works, software, publishing works etc.);
  • “counterfeiting”, in the narrowest sense of the term, is the illegal reproduction of electronic goods (having a registered mark or patent) or the marketing of unsafe products (because nonconforming to the EC Directives).

Besides the traditional sales channels for duplicated CDs and DVDs, such as street vendors in local flea markets, on street corners or in tourist locations along the coasts, a more insidious form of distribution is now being adopted: the Internet network, which is now the “new frontier” of  “piracy”, given the great speed by which transactions take place and the apparent guarantee of anonymity it offers, both sellers and clients.

The statistics of the seizures made in recent years and the investigation results clearly show the new trends and dynamics of the phenomenon.

In fact, based on the experience achieved in the field, it emerges that, against a considerable drop in the market of storage media containing “pirated” works (CDs e DVDs), there is an exponential spread of digital contents on the Internet (see chart below).

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In particular, in recent years there has been a proliferation of so-called “sharing platforms”, that is to say Web spaces in which users tend to illegally exchange products protected by copyright.
A very recent enforcement operation was conducted by the Guardia di Finanza’s Special Unit for Broadcasting and Publishing after which the activities of 46 Websites were suspended because they were broadcasting, in violation of copyright laws, thousands of cinematographic works, including a great number of movies on first release, also Italian.  
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Besides concealing the economic interests of criminal organizations, audio-visual piracy fuels a vicious circle: in fact, it generates a persisting crisis due to the lack of legal revenues in the respective production, distribution and marketing sectors. 
Consequently, to support our excellent artists and “creatives”, the European Union, the State and the Regions are compelled to intervene with considerable funding, taking away public resources from other priorities. 
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As for the counterfeiting, it becomes all the more refined as the advancement of technological progresses. Included among this degenerate form of trade are also recent technological items, such as personal computers, devices, telephones and components and accessories thereof: as soon as they appear at shows or specialized shops, we immediately note the appearance of the “parallel” world.
The widespread counterfeiting of this category of products does a lot of harm not only to the economy, but also to the consumers’ health!
As a mere example of this are the explosions and fires that have occurred when counterfeit telephone accessories are connected to the electric power line.
But this is only one of the effects, the most visible and immediately noticeable one. It is enough to think about the huge amounts of electromagnetic waves generated by devices that have not undergone the required controls and tests before they are marketed.
The chart below shows the trend in the seizures of counterfeit or unsafe products in the “electronics” sector, effected in the last 5 years by the Guardia di Finanza:
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