Misappropriation and illegal use of registered trade marks are firmly established in Russia since 1990s. Our study indicates that nowadays 60% of alcohol products, 40% clothes, 50% cosmetics and medicine are counterfeit, piratical software holds from 50% up to 90% of the market.
There are laws concerning struggle against pirates but they are not effective in most cases. For instance, the measures for prosecution are not regulated and low-enforcement authorities treat pirates too gently.
The producers who protect their copyrights with the help of ALEX Detective Agency have privileged positions. Professional methods of accumulation of information on pirates always lead to the utmost reluctance of using © and ® belonging to someone else.