Online Counterfeit Crime: An Analysis of Treadwell's Article on Criminology and Criminal Justice

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Article review: Treadwell, J. (2011). "From the car boot to booting it up? eBay, online counterfeit crime and the transformation of the criminal marketplace" Criminology & Criminal Justice 12(2): 175-191. Although the online marketplace has offered many exciting opportunities to consumers to sample new products they would not otherwise have access to, it has also offered new opportunities for dealers in counterfeit goods to unload their wares on unsuspecting customers. According to Treadwell (2011), the online auction site eBay is a popular place to sell such items. Treadwell's article "From the car boot to booting it up? eBay, online counterfeit crime and the transformation of the criminal marketplace" examines how traditional forms of street crime have been superseded by the use of technology. Treadwell takes his fellow criminologists to task for being insufficiently cognizant of the extent to which the online world has offered new venues for traditional crimes. The idea of 'theft of intellectual' property might bring to mind sophisticated criminal intelligences, but even traditional working-class crimes, such as the sale of counterfeit goods, has become common online. Cybercrime is often a case of 'old wine in new bottles' (Treadwell 2011: 177). In other words, not all forms of online crime involve complex 'identity theft' schemes or intricate manipulation of computer codes. "It is estimated that 7 per cent of all world trade is in counterfeit goods, with a

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