June 15, 2006

Fendi sues Wal-Mart over fake bags

This was the most amusing news last weekend. Imagine the US government coming down hard regularly on the Philippines and other developing countries for piracy, copyright infringement and sales of fake branded items. And yet it can't even control its own homegrown department store chain. What gives? Why does the US government look the other way when American businessmen sell knock-offs then keeps pushing the poor countries like the Philippines and China to comply with IPR laws? (Click here) Walk down New York City and in almost every block you can find stalls which sell fake watches, wallets, perfumes etc. Shouldn't the US set the example first?

(My favorite Fendi spy bag. Yum! Yum! Photo courtesy of www.fashion.shajoo.com)

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