Finland Thinks Russia Violated Its Design Right With Military Camouflage

from the camouflage-wears-you dept

Apparently, intellectual property issues can show up even in the middle of a warzone. It seems that some Finnish officials, reviewing images and videos of the Russian invasion of Georgia earlier this year were somewhat upset to note that Russian military uniforms appeared to have copied Finnish military camouflage design -- which, yes, the Finnish government has legally protected in Europe (found via Open IT Strategies). Finland has decided not to pursue the issue, and Russian officials deny the copying, but it still shows how weird a world we live in when governments are using intellectual property rights to try to protect military camouflage designs.


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    Anonymous Coward, Dec 1st, 2008 @ 9:47am

    The US Marine Corps does hold a copyright on their digital camouflage pattern. Admittedly, the Marine Corps Emblem is found throughout the pattern, but still....

     

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    Baloney Joe, Dec 1st, 2008 @ 10:02am

    Nope

    The US government cannot copyright anything created using public money, that would include camo...prove me wrong and show me a copyright for the design...

     

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    Pork 4 Mohammed, Dec 1st, 2008 @ 10:08am

    Finland is wrong

    The Russians camo pattern has vodka bottles embedded throughout the camouflage.

     

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    drkkgt, Dec 1st, 2008 @ 10:26am

    Re: Re: Nope

    sorry read this as patent not copyright - my bust.

     

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    Anonymous Coward, Dec 1st, 2008 @ 10:29am

    Although I was incorrect (copyright vs patent) it still constitutes intellectual property, does it not?

     

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    Anonymous Coward, Dec 1st, 2008 @ 10:29am

    Silly borshch. Meat Solyanka is for kids.

    It was probably a superior design.

     

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    Lonnie E. Holder, Dec 1st, 2008 @ 10:30am

    But it might be patented...

    See U.S. patent 6,805,957.

     

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    Buzz, Dec 1st, 2008 @ 10:45am

    Hahaha

    Soon after, Finland went to war with Russia over the design. No shots were fired, however. The camouflage was so good, neither nation could see the other.

     

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    Anonymous Coward, Dec 1st, 2008 @ 10:55am

    Re: Hahaha

    On second note, both sides, confused, caused total casualties weakening both sides strengths by 100%. Friendly frag = 98% total deaths.

     

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    Lonnie E. Holder, Dec 1st, 2008 @ 10:55am

    Re: Hahaha

    So, any suit would have failed anyway since no one could see the evidence.

     

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    Anonymous Coward, Dec 1st, 2008 @ 11:53am

    Business idea

    Finnish army should try selling tshirts with this design to supplement their income :)

     

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    C to the J, Dec 1st, 2008 @ 12:36pm

    Finland has a military?

     

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    Egottie, Dec 1st, 2008 @ 1:09pm

    USMC

    As a former marine I can attest to the camo being protected. Im not going to argue semantics ie( copyrighted patented ect). But I can attest to every Item sold with the pattern haveing a sticker on it saying somthing to the effect "Pattern copyright USMC"

     

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    Goldie, Dec 1st, 2008 @ 1:18pm

    Them and what army?

     

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    Tapio Rissanen, Dec 1st, 2008 @ 1:46pm

    Re:

    Yes, and they kicked the Soviets ass in WWII. Full of awesome and win.

     

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    Chris Charabaruk (profile), Dec 1st, 2008 @ 4:32pm

    When I was a teen, I was in the Royal Canadian Army Cadets. In those days, cadets would more often than not wear combat uniforms, as the solid olive green uniforms were easily purchased and manufactured even for the public.

    Since the older combat uniforms were replaced with the IP law protected CADPAT design, most cadet corps now tend to simply drill around a lot in their dress uniforms. As older, used CADPAT uniforms turn up in surplus stores, things may change back to how it used to be, but given that uniforms for cadets have to be the same as those used by the Canadian Forces, the possibility of independently manufacturing and selling CATPATs is nil, due to the protection around the design.

    So seeing this isn't surprising at all for me, or likely any other Canadian with cadets experience.

     

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    bikey (profile), Dec 1st, 2008 @ 11:41pm

    camo

    First of, this is neither copyright (which, by the way costs nothing and comes into existence at the moment your creation has fixed form) nor patent (used to protect inventions, very expensive and requires novelty, inventiveness and utility, none of which camo has). It is 'design' protection, a right which doesn't exist in US law except for the rather useless (to those who need immediate and inexpensive design protection) 'design patent', that has hardly any overlap in use or structure to the European design right, which this is about. IP isn't semantics, it's the last hold of the western world on the global economy. It is our 'savior' and our damnation. Might be good if people understood it a bit more. Otherwise, charming story. You go Finland.

     

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    bikey (profile), Dec 1st, 2008 @ 11:54pm

    camo

    Afterthought: This is an EC right. Finland probably didn't register it under Russian law, so, unless Russia invades wearing said duds, no infringement. It's territorial this stuff. Sorry Finland.

     

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    Anonymous Coward, Dec 2nd, 2008 @ 4:55am

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    Where do you morons come from anyway?

     

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