IPRED2: have a nice time – in jail!

Apparently a Dutch court sentenced a man to six months in prison for violation of laws for handling counterfeit goods. His crime? He wore a fake Rolex: http://www.ananova.com/news/story/sm_1587840.html?menu=news.quirkies.strangecrime

Please note that he did not produce or sell a fake rolex. He only wore it.

I guess the Finnish culture minister got lucky she didn’t have to face a Dutch court. If not even the Finnish culture minister (who just before worked to enact a law to prevent this kind of thing) can remain within the bounds of law, what about normal people?

And with IPRED2 the European Commission seeks to increase punishment on such "crimes". I wonder who does not have a single faked brand somewhere in their household, knowingly or unknowingly.

Has anyone ever stopped to consider that artificial monopolies like trademarks theoretically draw their justification from their benefit to society?

About Georg Greve

Georg Greve is a technologist and entrepreneur. Background as a software developer and physicist. Head of product development and Chairman at Vereign AG. Founding president of the Free Software Foundation Europe (FSFE). Previously president and CEO at Kolab Systems AG, a Swiss Open Source ISV. In 2009 Georg was awarded the Federal Cross of Merit on Ribbon by the Federal Republic of Germany for his contributions to Open Source and Open Standards.
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