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That Fake Rolex You Buy In China May Cost You More Than The Real Thing

from the after-customs-has-its-way-with-you dept

Petréa Mitchell writes in to let us know about yet another case where trademark protection is being abused. "A guy decided to bring back some obviously fake Rolexes from China as souvenirs for his family. This was probably not a bright idea in any case, but US Customs thinks it's worth fining him $55,300. The fine is allegedly based on the street value of real Rolex watches, but he points out that there's no way anyone would pay a full Rolex price for fakes as obvious as these. The government says he should be glad it's only $55,300, because if Rolex had gotten personally involved it could have been $100,000... per watch." This one raises all sorts of questions. The thing is, buying these fake Rolexes shouldn't be against the law -- selling them should be. However, the guy wasn't caught selling them. Either way, while aren't there more important things for Customs to be doing than fining people for wearing fake Rolexes?

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    guydanieli (profile), 24 Sep 2009 @ 5:19am

    Copyright !?!

    Copyright doesn't concern fake or imitation of Rolex.
    To be illegal, those what you call fake Rolex must be similar to the real Rolex. And they are not! They look like a Rolex like Citizen does too.
    What parts in those Rolex immitations have in common with a 'real Rolex' .NONE! The movement is different, the maeking is different, the Rolex logo is different, the arms are different, The gold plated parts are different etc...So, what copyright problem do we have here? Those watches have nothing in common with the real Rolex. Do we have to sue a Toyota because they use the same body than a Honda? Today, a lot of cars have the same look. So, is it copyright problem?? I do not think so. We can see that in the Jean's business and in the entire fashion business. You can copy a Levi's jeans. You just have to add a detail or not to put the brand at the same pocket ! So, in this case, Ido not see copyright problem. But if you record a DVD , it's another story(In the US anyway) because your copy will be exactely the same that the original is and...Anyway, the picture printed on it, you will not be able to do the same think. So, ....! If cannot copy, why they sell recorders for 60 years and VCR and DVD burners etc...This law is not realistic about Rolex

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