Thursday, September 02, 2004

Free-range bootlegging: At, retailer David Bigas is bothered by the amount of bootleg merchandise he saw at last weekend's Canadian National Expo:

"I saw at least five vendors who had nothing but bootleg items for sale. One lady from the States had homemade t-shirts, hats and mouse pads -- all with logos like Buffy the Vampire Slayer, Angel, Stargate SG-1, Star Wars, the Monkees, the Beatles and lots more. Another booth had replicated movie posters in white onto black t-shirts and their entire inventory was copies of DVD's including Beatles concerts and movies, G.I. Joe episodes, the Fantastic Four movie, Angel and Buffy episodes, Simpsons episodes and even Invader Zim. I spoke with Glenn Monday from Media Blasters, who holds the license for Invader Zim, and he was furious, 'The show promoters did nothing to discourage the sale of bootleg items no matter how often they were told about the infractions.'"