Bootlegs and Bootleggers Siezed!

Hey folks, check this out courtesy of Planet Namek:

ROME (Reuters) - Italian police said on Tuesday they had seized 15,000 fake plastic characters from the cult children’s games Pokemon, Digimon and Dragonball.

The models were found in a truck at Rome’s Fiumicino airport after apparently being imported illegally from China.

“The toys were totally unsafe and dangerous for children,” a police spokesman said. “The Chinese exporters, with the collaboration of their Italian importers, had fixed ‘Made in the European Union (news - web sites)’ stickers on them.”

A 41-year-old Italian was arrested.

Pokemon is a game in which children have to collect scores of different monsters. It started as a card game in Japan but has spawned a television cartoon series and a computer game.

Digimon and Dragonball are similar games which followed in Pokemon’s wake.

Finally, copyright laws are being enforced somewhere in the world…

Posted by Jess Horsley on March 27, 2001 10:48 AM


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