Heinonen, J., Holt, T., & Wilson, J. M. (2013). Victims and reporting of counterfeit products on-line: evidence from complaint data.

The growing pace of e-commerce has facilitated the sale and distribution of counterfeit products. Yet little remains known about victims of counterfeit products sold on-line. We use 2009 and 2010 complainant data from the Internet Crime Complaint Center to examine the characteristics, costs, and reporting of product counterfeiting incidents.

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Heinonen, J. A., Holt, T. J., & Wilson, J. M. (2012). Product counterfeits in the online environment: An empirical assessment of victimization and reporting characteristics. International Criminal Justice Review, 22(4), 353-371. doi:10.1177/1057567712465755 http://journals.sagepub.com/doi/abs/10.1177/1057567712465755