December 9, 2004 · Lessig
Law enforcement is apparently busy keeping our borders and toystores safe from pirates (read: terrorists). US Customs agents, for example, reportedly seized “clearly piratical copies” of a Stripburger series called “Richie Bush,” a parody of Richie Rich. This followed a report that the Department of Homeland Security sent agents to a toy store to order them to remove a toy called “Magic Cube” from the shelf because it allegedly violated the trademark of Rubik’s Cube. (The patent protecting the cube has expired.) According to the Department’s spokeswomen:
“One of the things that our agency’s responsible for doing is protecting the integrity of the economy and our nation’s financial systems and obviously trademark infringement does have significant economic implications.”
Obviously. Just imagine the spike in GDP produced by the government’s efforts to eliminate competition in children’s toys. And just in time for Christmas no less.