April 29, 2011 § Leave a comment
On April 26th, we held our Harper’s Bazaar Seventh Annual Anticounterfeiting Summit at the Hearst Tower in New York City. The theme for the industry luncheon was “Counterfeiting 2.0: The Internet and Its Effect on the Global Counterfeiting Epidemic.” The event kicked off with keynote speaker Frank Abagnale. Subject of the acclaimed book, movie and now Broadway play, Catch Me If You Can, Abagnale has spent the subsequent years following his cons (he posed as a pilot, doctor and lawyer all before the age of 21) helping the FBI in their efforts to put an end to forgery. Abagnale was quoted saying, “We need a strong public service campaign. Consumers need to know that contributing to counterfeit culture contributes to much darker things—like terrorism. People might not realize that lives are literally at stake here.”
The panel for the luncheon, moderated by Harper’s Bazaar Publisher Valerie Salembier, included industry leaders Thomas Onda, Chief IP Counsel at Levis Strauss, Susan Engel, CEO at Portero Luxury and Alan Marks, Senior VP, Global Communications at eBay. Before the event began, instead of asking the fashionable crowd to put their cell phones away, Salembier urged them to tweet and use the hashtag #FANIF2011.