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[liberationtech] Counterfeiting (primarily IP products), laundering, human rights (human trafficking/slavery), narcowar Mexico

Karl Fogel kfogel at
Wed Dec 18 10:05:45 PST 2013

The use of the word "counterfeiting" to refer to unauthorized copying of
songs, software, movies, etc is a propaganda technique -- one we
shouldn't assist.

Counterfeiting is a good word for actual fakery, including (say)
currency fakery since that involves a fraudulent claim to possess assets
that one doesn't actually have.  But this so-called "counterfeiting" of
copyright-restricted artifacts is not counterfeiting at all.  It is
merely unauthorized copying.  No fakery or fraud is going on -- unless
you replace the original authors' name with your own, of course, in
which case it's plagiarism.

A more detailed discussion of the issue is here:

Certain monopoly-based businesses, along with the governments who grant
their monopolies, want us to use the word "counterfeiting" to describe
unauthorized copying -- and they *love* it when we lump such copying
together with:

  - money laundering
  - human trafficking
  - child porn
  - other bad things :-)

ut this is fuzzy thinking that taints the fairly innocuous act of
unauthorized copying by associating it with unrelated things.

Unauthorized copying is not counterfeiting; it is merely unauthorized.


Douglas Lucas <dal at> writes:
>Regarding narcowar in Mexico, you may find helpful my report at
>WhoWhatWhy on the Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA) Special
>Operations Division seeking White House permission in 2010 to kill
>Sinaloa drug boss El Chapo. I used WikiLeaks documents from the
>Austin-based private intelligence firm Stratfor, and in conjunction with
>the article, WikiLeaks published new Stratfor emails. Stratfor had a DEA
>pilot and sometimes supervisor giving them information about drug
>cartels from a top-secret classified network. I interviewed him and also
>uncovered who Stratfor's clients for Mexico intelligence were.
>Later this month or next month at the latest, I will be publishing
>another long, in-depth Stratfor article on US national security policy
>in Mexico. It is a topic I've been researching for a year now. The
>concern is that big interests are pushing for Mexican drug lords to
>become terrorist targets.
>On 12/11/2013 08:48 AM, Lisa Brownlee wrote:
>> liberationtech at <mailto:liberationtech at>
>> Re. Counterfeiting (primarily IP products), laundering, human rights
>> (human trafficking/slavery), narcowar Mexico
>> Dear Libtech friends, Hello!
>> I am researching the above topics and would appreciate current research
>> in the field.
>> The International Anticounterfeiting Coalition held a conference on this
>> topic in 2000 in Monterey, Calif. that I attended, but I am getting no
>> response to my inquiries and would also appreciate current researc.
>> I would appreciate any intelligence, contacts, etc. you may have on this
>> topic.
>> Regards,
>> Lisa M. Brownlee
>> Cuernavaca, Morelos, Mexico
>> -- 
>> -- 
>> Lisa M. Brownlee, Esq.
>> Mexico
>> Skype:  lisa.m.brownlee
>> lmbscholarly2 at <mailto:lmbscholarly2 at>
>> lmbcontacts at <mailto:lmbcontacts at>
>> Author's website at West Thomson Reuters
>> <>
>> About my Law Journal Press treatise
>> <>
>> Facebook: Lisa M Brownlee
>> <>
>> Author of:
>> Intellectual Property Due Diligence in Corporate Transactions:
>> Investment, Risk Assessment and Management (West Thomson Reuters)
>> Assets & Finance: Audits and Valuation of Intellectual Property (West
>> Thomson Reuters)
>> Federal Acquisition Regulations: Intellectual Property and Related
>> Rights (Law Journal Press) - I retired this treatise - another author is
>> now updating it

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