Everyone knows selling knock off items are illegal but NY law makers are now pushing to make buying knock off items illegal as well.
Purchasing of counterfeit products could soon be made illegal in New York if a proposed law is passed. If introduced, shoppers could find themselves presented with a fine or, in extreme cases, a jail sentence, if caught purchasing fake goods.
A bill was first put forward in 2011 to outlaw counterfeit shopping and punish the purchaser, and New York City Councilwoman Margaret Chin is now making a renewed push to get it passed, reports The Huffington Post. If approved, the purchasing of fake goods would be considered a Class A offence, and could result in a fine of $1,000, or up to a year in prison – if it’s believed that the buyer “knew or should have known” that the product was counterfeit, based on the quality, price and sale location.
In order to be passed, the proposed bill must first go before a public hearing – expected to happen within the next few months.
What do you think of the proposed law?