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Tourist Trap

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In Italy, unlike the U.S., a purchaser of counterfeit goods may be subject to a fine.  Above, a sign in Venice warns unsuspecting tourists of the hidden costs of bargain bags.

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Hi Susan,

June 13, I blogged about 'Debunking the Chinese Tourist in Europe story' http://ipdragon.blogspot.com/2006/06/debunking-chinese-tourist-in-europe_13.html .

Although a 300.000 Euro fine and a 3 year prison sentence will probably not materialise as the urban legend had it, the contours of the direction smart Intellectual Property Rights Protection policy is taking are becoming more clear: awareness creation, so when infringement takes place it is with intent, so criminal enforcement can take place, if the law of the legislation allows for it.

Cheers,
IP Dragon

Here is a similar warning sign in Florence...

http://hokusai.fatbombers.com/wp-content/uploads/2006/02/IMG_4798-01.jpg

Great Blog!

Hokusai

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