Sen. Joseph Biden (D-DE) has introduced a bill (S. 2227) that would make it illegal to traffic in "illicit authentication features." Authentication features help companies determine that an item is not counterfeit; illicit authentication features would be intended to facilitate illegal copying of movies, music, or computer programs. Such a feature would also be a genuine authentication feature that has been distributed without authorization from the copyright owner. A copyright owner could file a civil lawsuit against the perpetrator.
Changing Retail, Changing Loss Prevention, a new report from the Centre for Retail Research, summarizes global retail crime and loss prevention trends since 2001. It is based on annual Global Retail Theft Barometer publications produced by the Centre and sponsored by Checkpoint Systems, Inc.