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Video: Senator Schumer Defends Farmingdale Business in Counterfeit Case

The United States Senator visited D'Addario Strings last week.

United States Sen. Charles Schumer, D- New York, visited . in Farmingdale to call on Department of Homeland Security, the U.S.Department of Justice and the Office of the U.S. Trade Representatives to launch a crackdown on the makers and distributors of counterfeit D'Addario products in China.

A private  investigation by D'Addario uncovered that an extensive China-based counterfeiting operation that has been illegally producing and selling sub-grade counterfeit strings, under the D'Addario label, to custumers around the world.

Owners John and Jim D'Addario estimate that the business has lost millions of dollars to the counterfeit operation, which sells on overseas retailers like Alibaba.com. Alibaba has voluntarily taken down 421 ads since being notified.

D'Addario employes 800 people on Long Island and provides guitar strings to musicians like Dave Mathews, Lenny Kravitz and Bon Jovi. The company produces 20 million guitar string sets each year all in the United States.

tom china February 13, 2011 at 10:13 PM
For over 10 years the Chin-eeze government has been whining that it can't stop counterfeiting in their country. This is a government that aggressively suppresses FREEDOM OF SPEECH, FREEDOM OF THE PRESS, FREEDOM OF RELIGION, INTERNET FREEDOM, PROCREATION FREEDOM... buy they somehow cannot suppress counterfeiting in their country? HA-ROO? John and Jim: stop whining about the Chin-eeze counterfeiting and GET EVEN. How? By hiring the absolute best counterfeit plate maker available to make common denominations of the current Chin-eeze currency. They can very inexpensively print about $666 TRILLION of their currency and start sending it in $10,000 packets to the poor people in CHIN-a with a note saying that it's from a friend to help them "get ahead in life." And after a year of the "pipples" of CHIN-a spending worthless (alright, I agree... it's already worthless, but it will be even MORE worthless) currency and putting it into circulation. When the rest of the world finds out that CHIN-a's currency is (more) worthless they'll stop doing business with these evil suppressors of freedom. for $400K the owners of D'Addario can strike a blow for freedom. There's no U.S. law that prohibits printing and circulating counterfeit currency of non-democratic countries. It will be interesting to see how the CHIN-eeze evil empire likes being on the receiving of counterfeiting activity - especially when it has the potential to topple their evil totalitarian-infested empire.

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