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Tuesday, 22 January 2008

First degree burns

The IPKat owes this delicious little story to one of his favourite people, Professor Ruth Soetendorp (Joint Director, Centre for Intellectual Property Policy & Management, Business School Bournemouth University):

On a guided tour of Saigon's major market, bustling with wholesalers' stacks of garments and articles ready for onward distribution, the guide stopped in front of a section piled with wrapped shoes. "These are fake shoes" he explained "they will be burned". I was delighted, if surprised, to learn that Vietnam was taking IP enforcement so seriously when the guide went on to say "We produce fake shoes, fake clothing, fake money which we burn in honour of our deceased relatives, especially at New Lunar Year, to make sure they are provided for in the world to come".
Burns Night here
Grateful Dead here
Tiger tiger burning bright here

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