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AGO gets Justice grant to fight counterfeiters

JACKSON — The Attorney General’s Office has received a $200,000 grant to continue investigations into trafficking in counterfeit merchandise. The grant will be available in 2012 for the attorney general’s “Operation Knock Out Knock-Offs” program, a multi-tiered effort combining education, investigative work and agency partnerships to discourage and combat intellectual property crime. The grant from the Department of Justice will ...

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State creates Intellectual Property Crimes Center

JACKSON — Authorities have announced the creation of the Mississippi Intellectual Property Crimes Center, a website to help consumers recognize and report counterfeit goods. Mississippi Attorney General Jim Hood made the announcement today in a news release. Hood says members of the public can access the site and there’s a secure section for law enforcement agencies. The National White Collar ...

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Coast man arrested for selling counterfeit products

BILOXI  — Mississippi’s Counterfeit Goods Task Force has put a Biloxi man behind bars for selling counterfeit CDs and DVDs, according to Attorney General Jim Hood. Investigators with the Mississippi Attorney General’s Office Consumer Protection Division arrested Richard Earl Tyler, 51, on five counts of distribution of CD/DVDs without the display of required information, a violation of Mississippi Code Ann. ...

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Trademark association praises state's new anti-counterfeiting law

JACKSON — The International Trademark Association (INTA) is commending Gov. Haley Barbour and state lawmakers for passing and signing new anti-counterfeiting legislation into law. The bill was strongly supported by INTA in coalition with the International AntiCounterfeiting Coalition. It was also one of the key legislative bills of Attorney General Jim Hood, who has spearheaded a national emphasis with other ...

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'Family Guy' thief's sentencing postponed until March

BAY ST. LOUIS — A federal judge has postponed the sentencing of a Bay St. Louis man convicted of copyright infringement for reproducing and selling copies of the “Family Guy” television series. Neil John Brimelow pleaded guilty Nov. 8 in U.S. District Court in Gulfport. Brimelow was scheduled for sentencing Feb. 7. His attorney filed a motion Monday asking to ...

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Hood gets money to fight intellectual property theft

JACKSON — The Department of Justice’s Office of Justice Programs (OJP) announced that in fiscal year 2010 nearly $4 million was awarded to enable state, local and tribal law enforcement agencies and prosecutors to address education, deterrence, enforcement and evidence gathering for prosecution of intellectual property crime in coordination with federal efforts. Over $2 million in discretionary awards, announced today, ...

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Task force formed to protect intellectual property

JACKSON — Attorney General Jim Hood and representatives from the national business community are joining together to announce the launch of the state’s first Intellectual Property Theft Task Force. Hood, Carlos Linares from the Recording Industry Association of America (RIAA) and Bob Barchiesi, president of the International AntiCounterfeiting Coalition (IACC), met with members of the press to discuss the expected ...

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Man sentenced for selling fake CDs

TUPELO — Harold Wayne Hunt, 69, of Cullman, Ala., has pleaded guilty before Judge Paul S. Funderburk to one felony count of unauthorized sale of recordings in the Circuit Court of Lee County, according to the Attorney General’s Office. Hunt was sentenced to three years in prison. The prison sentence was suspended and defendant was placed on reporting probation for ...

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AGO to create new task force

JACKSON — The Attorney General’s Office has received a federal grant to establish an Intellectual Property Theft Task Force and the commencement of “Operation Knock Out Knock-Offs” (Operation KOKO). The federal grant from the United States Department of Justice, Office of Justice Programs (OJP) totals $200,000. OJP grants fund investigation, prosecution, prevention, training, and technical assistance activities related to all ...

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