Thursday, November 8, 2007

Olympics For Sale

Olympic Store in Xian, originally uploaded by yellojkt.

The Chinese have a deseveredly bad reputation for violating intellectual property rights. It's not that they can't enforce them, it's that they don't. Take for example, the very cute mascots for the 2008 Olympics. You would think they would be everywhere. But you can only buy licensed Olympic items in select Olympic stores. There is not a knock-off to be found anywhere.

This picture is just outside the Xian Terra Cotta Soldiers complex. Most tourist areas have an Olympic store in or near them.

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