Amazon doubles down on counterfeit crackdown

Amazon's Counterfeit Crimes Unit initiated legal action or criminal referrals against over 21,000 bad actors since its 2020 launch.

Amazon doubles down on counterfeit crackdown

Amazon this week released its fourth annual Brand Protection Report, highlighting significant progress in the company's mission to eradicate counterfeit products from its marketplace. The report details Amazon's 2023 efforts in protecting customers, brands, and its platform's integrity.

Key Achievements of 2023

Amazon's 2023 anti-counterfeiting efforts focused on four areas:

  • Proactive Prevention: Advanced seller vetting technology, including document forgery detection and AI-powered analysis, stopped over 700,000 bad actors from even creating selling accounts, preventing any potential counterfeit listings.
  • Brand Partnership: Amazon's automated brand protections have continued to improve, driven by sophisticated machine learning models. These have resulted in a 30% decrease in valid infringement notices submitted by brands since 2020.
  • Combating Bad Actors: Collaboration with law enforcement has been intensified. Amazon's Counterfeit Crimes Unit initiated legal action or criminal referrals against over 21,000 bad actors since its 2020 launch. Additionally, over 7 million counterfeit products were seized and destroyed.
  • Consumer Awareness: Amazon is expanding its anti-counterfeit education initiatives, such as the "Unreal Campaign Challenge" in partnership with the International Trademark Association, which engaged thousands of students on the dangers of counterfeit products.

The Way Forward

"We are proud of the progress we have made in preventing counterfeits within our store," wrote Dharmesh Mehta, Vice President, Worldwide Selling Partner Services. "This has required significant innovation, and it would not be possible without the partnerships we have been able to build with brands, associations, policymakers, law enforcement, and others. While we believe we have made a great deal of progress, we remain committed to continued innovation and will not rest until we drive counterfeits to zero."

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