L-Acoustics Hosts Destruction Event of Fake Professional Speaker Systems to Safeguard the Live Event Industry

November 22, 2023

Photo by Zack Wittman

L-Acoustics hosted a destruction event to mark the disposal of counterfeit speakers recently seized following a judgement by the United States District Court, Middle Distric of Florida, Tampa Division, which ordered Se7ven Sounds Music to pay damages of $5 Million US dollars to L-Acoustics and granted L-Acoustics the right to destory the 136 counterfeit professional speakers confiscated during the investigation. 

During the afternoon, covered by Tampa Bay Fox News and NBC News, L-Acoustics invited local rental partners to destroy several counterfeit speakers, subwoofers, and amplified controllers before delivering them to an independent sustainability firm that will recover and repurpose the fake products' raw materials. The wood used in the cabinets will be repurposed for new wood products or renewable energy production. Metal will go toward creating home appliances, while plastic will find a new life in office furniture, car parts, and containers. Any non-recyclable parts will be disposed of responsibly, the company says. 

"This even allowed our partners who businesses were impacted by this company representing counterfeit producst as authentic L-Acoustics technologies to have fun while releasing some frustration," says BJ Shaver, director of sales for the Americas at L- Acoustics, who was present at the event. "Showing the industry that we are removing these fake products from the market helps to sustain the trust thta our partners, production crews, audiences, and artists place in L-Acoustics."

The event, held at M & W Warehouse in Tampa, emphasized the importance of L-Acoustics place on authenticity, quality, and safety in the live events industry, whic is estimated to be balued at $652.6 billion in the US in 2022, with projections to reach $1.2 trillion by 2032, according to Allied Market Research. 

Counterfeit loudspeakers lack the stringent quality control and safety standards L-Acoustics upholds. Using fake components and subpar materials can lead to catastrophic failures, endangering lives and causing financial losses for partners. L-Acoustics' professional speakers not only deliver exceptional audio quality, but also provide a safe and reliable solution for various venues, including concert halls, houses of worship, theatres, and stadiums. 

"L-Acoustics' solutions are not just products; they are a promise of quality, reliability, and safety," Explains Dr. Laurent Ostojski, senior counsel at L-Acoustics, who welcomed partners and press at the event. "Thank you to our partners for working with us to ensure that the events we create for audiences here in Flordia and around the world will always elevate the live event experiene."

To vew a video of the event, visit our YouTube channel 

To learn more about the L-Acoustics Counterfeit Task Force, how to spot a fake, and report any suspected counterfeits, please to to the L-Acoustics Anti-Counterfeiting page

To help the L-Acoustics fight counterfeiting, please report fake products by emailing stopcounterfeits@l-acoustics.com