Knockoff News 11
A weekly (or thereabouts) collection of news about counterfeits, fakes, knockoffs, replicas, imitations, and the culture of copying in general around the globe:
- Fighting infringement on a budget
- Prosecutors object to probation in counterfeit case
- Rochester raid cracks counterfeit ring
- China fakes: who's to blame?
- Retailers laud new anti-counterfeiting law
- Bonfire of the vanities in Brazil
- Toronto loves (knockoff) white for spring
And several from an interesting blog on intellectual property and China, IP Dragon:
- Courts reject claims by anti-counterfeit campaigner
- Construction, not counterfeits, closes famed Chinese market
- Silk Alley charity: philanthropy or PR ploy?
Finally, let both the buyer and the flyer beware. When airlines lose luggage, both suitcases and their contents (fake or real) may ultimately end up for sale in a Scottsboro, Alabama, store:
Smith cautions that travelers need to educate themselves about the limits of the airlines' liability - no more than $1,250 per bag on domestic flights. In addition, most exempt themselves from paying for, in essence, all items except the bag itself and clothing, said Smith. "It is," he warned, "a caveat emptor situation."
For those who want people to think their initials are "LV," a medium-sized piece of Louis Vuitton luggage went for $100, while a very good Vuitton knockoff sold for $30.