From the NYPost. Notice that most people try to defend trademark on the grounds that the poor customer is being defrauded. Now they want to jail customers. Clearly they are not defrauded. And the councilwoman behind this even tries to blame knock-off manufacturers for terrorism and child exploitation. Amazing.
By JOHN DOYLE
Last Updated: 11:05 AM, April 26, 2011
Posted: 12:46 AM, April 26, 2011Pretty soon, it could be more than just the fashion police who have a problem with your shoddy knockoff bag, like this bogus Louis Vuitton.
Buyers could face a year in jail or a $,1000 fine under a proposed bill by a city councilwoman fed up with cheapskate tourists and Big Apple residents flooding her district in search of fake designer merchandise.
“We don’t want to be known as the place to come to get counterfeit goods,” said Councilwoman Margaret Chin, whose Chinatown district is ground zero for counterfeiters.
Under Chin’s bill, which is being introduced Thursday, shoppers caught buying any counterfeit product could be jailed or slapped with a fine of $1,000 — a little less than the price of Marc Jacobs’ frequently copied Baroque Quilting Mini Stam bag, which retails for $1,250.
… The punishment might seem draconian, but it’s necessary to curb the growing problem, she said.She pointed out that the money that counterfeiters rake in often funds other nefarious activities, such as terrorism and unsafe child-labor practices.
But try telling that to bargain hunters.
Christine Gambino, 21, of Staten Island — who was in Chinatown yesterday sporting a fake Louis Vuitton handbag that cost her $40 — vowed to continue to hit the neighborhood for counterfeit goodies.
“I’ll take a risk and sacrifice to look good and pay less,” she said.