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Socio-economic and Cultural Impacts of the Consumption of Counterfeit Goods

Objective

The COUNTER research project is designed to collect data, generate knowledge, and disseminate findings on the European landscape for the consumption of counterfeit consumer goods. It proposes a research project that explores: Frequency and distribution of counterfeits; Consumer attitudes to counterfeit and pirated goods; Legal and ethical frameworks for intellectual property; Policy options for engaging with the consumers of counterfeits; The use of copyrighted goods in the creation of new cultural artefacts; Impacts of counterfeiting and control of intellectual property. COUNTER addresses an emerging research area which is not covered directly covered in current workprogramme and in which the EU lags behind the USA. This area, however, is central to current economic, political, legislative and cultural debates in Europe. Focusing on the demand side of the counterfeiting industry, COUNTER will collect data on consumer behaviour, policy development, and stakeholder engagement. Together, these will allow COUNTER’s research to integrate demand-consumption side issues with policy implications. The project brings together a team of European researchers with recognised experience in the field in order to develop a multi-disciplinary and multi-method approach (triangulation) to counterfeit goods and intellectual property that draws upon the strengths of economics, sociology, law, psychology, and management and information science. By developing an innovative research framework, the project will generate new policy and industry relevant knowledge and develop a research agenda which can be developed and implemented and inform future research. COUNTER will provide a timely and much needed research project which will rapidly deliver foundational research which can contribute to the global debate and be developed to explore other forms of counterfeiting including pharmaceuticals, industrial markets, and the implementation of technical anti-counterfeiting measures.

Field of science

  • /social sciences/media and communications/information science
  • /natural sciences/computer and information sciences
  • /social sciences/economics and business/economics

Call for proposal

FP7-SSH-2007-1
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Funding Scheme

CP-FP - Small or medium-scale focused research project

Coordinator

UNIVERSITY OF CENTRAL LANCASHIRE
Address
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PR1 2HE Preston
United Kingdom
Activity type
Higher or Secondary Education Establishments
EU contribution
€ 686 094
Administrative Contact
Peter Hyett (Mr.)

Participants (4)

WIRTSCHAFTSUNIVERSITAT WIEN
Austria
EU contribution
€ 202 908
Address
Welthandelsplatz 1
1020 Wien
Activity type
Higher or Secondary Education Establishments
Administrative Contact
Annette Lichtmannegger (Ms.)
UPPSALA UNIVERSITET
Sweden
EU contribution
€ 235 708
Address
Von Kraemers Alle 4
751 05 Uppsala
Activity type
Higher or Secondary Education Establishments
Administrative Contact
Riitta Mertanen (Ms.)
UNIVERSITA COMMERCIALE LUIGI BOCCONI
Italy
EU contribution
€ 179 508
Address
Via Sarfatti 25
20136 Milano
Activity type
Higher or Secondary Education Establishments
Administrative Contact
Patrizia Minoia (Ms.)
UNIVERZA V LJUBLJANI
Slovenia
EU contribution
€ 172 008
Address
Kongresni Trg 12
1000 Ljubljana
Activity type
Higher or Secondary Education Establishments
Administrative Contact
Tadeja Zabkar (Ms.)