Martial Art Fraud

Martial Arts Fraud is a public service initiative sponsored by the non-profit U.S. Soo Bahk Do Moo Duk Kwan Federation. This website provides educational information about specific circumstances with a high potential for consumers to be defrauded when searching for and selecting a martial art school as well as for students who are already enrolled at a martial art school and discover that any of the discussed illegal acts are present.

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Federal Website Seizures

Federal Website Seizures

The Attorney General may seize trademark or copyright infringing websites under the government’s Operation In Our Sites v. 2.0. program.  This action is authorized under federal law 18 U.S.C. §§ 981 and 2323, which specifically allows the Federal government to seize property involved in illegal activity.  Trademark counterfeiting and intellectual property infringement activity is illegal and is punishable by federal penalties […]

Right of Publicity on FindLaw

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FindLaw The Right of Publicity A separate issue from copyright, which protects the creator of the video or photo, is the right of publicity, which protects the subject of the content.  Right of publicity laws protect people from the unauthorized commercial use of their name, likeness, or identity.  A majority of states have right of […]

Counterfeit Goods Organization Convicted

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Hassan Aoun, 43, of Dearborn was found guilty today following a two-week jury trial in federal court, announced United States Attorney Barbara L. McQuade. Aoun was convicted of Conspiracy to Traffic in Counterfeit Goods, and three counts of Trafficking in Counterfeit Goods.

Trademark Infringement Through The Mail Can Get You 20 Years In Prison

Trademark Infringement Through The Mail Can Get You 20 Years In Prison

A statement released by Patrick Fitzgerald, the U.S. Attorney for the Northern District of Illinois, says Bernard Gernay of Howell, N.J., Bradley Horne of Sunset, S.C., and Jarrod Oldridge of Las Vegas acknowledged that they altered jerseys obtained from retail outlets and other sources to make them appear to be used in games by pro athletes, substantially increasing their value.

The maximum prison sentence for mail fraud is 20 years.