Engadget post time: April 19, 2013 at 07:15PM
A man accused of being one of the “most prolific sellers” of counterfeit electronics in the UK has just been sent down for two and a half years. Over 4,000 KiRFs, mainly consisting of knock-off Sennheiser and Monster headphones, were found at Michael Reeder’s address, with a value of around £250,000 ($400,000). However, Sennheiser claims this is just 1 percent of the total number of items Reeder has sold online, which is why the German manufacturer has taken a keen interest in his prosecution. Last year, Sennheiser introduced a series of authentication technologies to prevent counterfeiting that was mainly originating in China — including QR codes on product packaging that customers can verify online. If Sennheiser’s estimate of four million fake items is accurate, then it makes the UK’s recent Microsoft Windows scandal look like small fry.
Reference source: Engadget