18th dec, 2008

First prison sentence in Denmark for trademark and copyright infringement

As far as I know the 66 year old man who was convicted for trademark and copyright infringement yesterday and sent to prison for 10 months is the first ever to go to prison. In 2005 the police confiscated more than 50.000 plush animals. The man was convicted for illigally importing 139.000 plush animals. The man was not found guilty in all counts in the case. The Court decided that Winnie the Pooh and Tigger was not illegal copies – probably because they were so bad that they only remotely resembled the original.

Photo from Ritzau

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