It’s often said the best things come in the smallest packages. Take a luxury watch, for example: it comes in the tiniest box and, with its many mechanical pieces and fine craftsmanship, is likely to carry a high price tag. There are, however, some watches that do not come in any packaging whatsoever, and certainly do not embody the work of some of Switzerland’s best-known watchmaking brands.
In a deal brokered by the UK government, search engines are pledging to make it hard for British Internet users to find pirated films and music and illegally streamed sport. This comes after Google and Bing agreed to sign up to a voluntary code of practice that will ensure offending websites are demoted in their search results. But is this enough to really make an impact on the growing issue of digital piracy?
The global pharmaceutical industry has a long history with the problem of counterfeit drugs. Well known products such as Viagra, baldness and wrinkles cures, painkillers, and even diet pills were the primary targets. Counterfeiters now also target treatments for cancer, malaria, HIV and AIDS, costing pharma companies billions of dollars as well as putting the health of patients in danger.
For virtually everyone over the age of 30 there is only one Kylie. However, based on recent activity within the intellectual property world, the name of the Australian pop princess, Kylie Minogue, has been challenged by a reality TV star, Kylie Jenner, who wants to use the term ‘Kylie’ for herself.
More companies than last year now see the internet as a profitable way of making sales, compared to traditional methods. Unsurprisingly, perhaps, it is the more e-commerce mature businesses, like the retail/wholesale companies, that are particularly impressed with the internet as a selling tool.
The countdown to the 51st Super Bowl has begun, with the Atlanta Falcons taking on the red-hot-favorite New England Patriots in New Orleans this Sunday. But sadly, despite warnings from the authorities, the issue of counterfeit tickets and merchandise is once again hitting the headlines.
In a few weeks’ time, we’ll all be bombarded with reminders that it’s Valentine’s Day; that one day of the year when we’re expected to go over and above to tell our loved ones exactly what they mean to us, with overpriced flowers, a romantic meal that costs three times as much as it should do, and greeting cards that cannot stuff any more hearts onto the cover.
The news that hotel and leisure company Belmond has decided to terminate its dotBrand application for the iconic Orient Express brand will have undoubtedly passed under the radar for many people, but it represents the 20th such withdrawal of a dotBrand since the program started in earnest back in 2013.
According to a new report from PhishMe, one of the global leaders in threat management solutions, 91% of all cyber-attacks start with a phishing email. One click from a single unsuspecting user and the results can be devastating for a business. We are naturally suspicious in the real world, but put us in front of a computer or a smart device and that barrier falls; we seem to believe that because we can’t see anyone doing anything wrong, it is all fine.
In our quest for simplicity, we today want smart technology that we can control from the palm of our hands. Lighting, heating and front doors can all now be controlled remotely through the Internet, via apps on our phones, making our lives easier. More and more devices will follow this trend in the future as technology manufacturers look to make their products more attractive to consumers. But what happens when some of these devices become self-aware?
On the Monday before Christmas, I sat down to watch the Merseyside Derby on Sky Sports. Whilst Everton and Liverpool huffed and puffed their way through 90 minutes, I was more interested by some of the advertising boards around the edge of the pitch (it wasn't the most enthralling of games!) and how they were using digital assets.
If 2015 was a year of slow burn and frustration in the new gTLD world, then 2016 has been a year when we’re finally starting to see the registration numbers many predicted when the expansion of the Internet was first announced back in 2011. Registration numbers have increased by 240% in just 12 months, despite the number of new gTLD launches dropping from 136 in 2015 to just 62 in 2016.
Despite the huge growth in 2016 of new gTLD registrations from the Chinese market, there have always been restrictions on how most of the domain names can and can’t be used. Any domain name registrar wishing to operate in China needs a license from the Ministry of Industry and Information Technology (MIIT) before it can allow any registrants in the country to activate the names.
In our recent report on the cost of the counterfeit economy, NetNames estimated that the value of fakes in the consumer electronics sector is now $169 billion – the second most affected market segment behind pharmaceuticals (which is worth an estimated $200 billion). But what people may not realize is the huge risks they’re taking by using counterfeit electronics.
At the end of November, the European Council agreed on draft regulation to ban what it calls “unjustified geo-blocking between member states”. The Council’s move is an attempt to make it easier for consumers and companies to buy and sell products online across the EU, making cross-border parcel delivery more affordable, and increasing consumer confidence through better protection.
Global e-tailing giant Amazon has taken a step towards reducing the number of misleading or fake reviews on its website (a practice referred to as ‘fliking’) by placing a limit on the number of reviews an individual can leave. Although the limit is not enforced for buyers of products from the site, individuals can now only leave five reviews for items they have not bought.
At 10.29pm EST on Monday 28th November 2016, the fight against the illegal resale of tickets in New York State took a new direction when Governor Andrew Cuomo signed a bill that criminalizes the use of ‘ticket bots’. Ticket bots are machines that run scripts on ticketing websites that can complete transactions faster than a human can, and thus capture tickets for popular events almost instantaneously. For anyone left scratching their head, empty handed after failing to secure just-released tickets for sporting events, theatre shows or concerts – ticket bots are the reason.