Wednesday, September 12, 2012

Lawyer: Pittsburgh crackdown against Rush merchandise bootleggers a success - Pittsburgh Post Gazette

An effort to use the power of the federal courts to snuff out the sales of bootleg concert gear at last night's Rush concert was a success, an attorney for the rock band's merchandiser said prior to a court hearing today.

Summonses were served on 47 people and 186 counterfeit Rush shirts were seized around Consol Energy Center, said Jules D. Zalon, the attorney for Showtech Merchandising Inc., of Ontario.

The summonses ordered the bootleggers to appear before U.S. District Judge David S. Cercone for a hearing this morning. None showed up.

The number of seizures was significant for a show in Pittsburgh, Mr. Zalon said, and it sends a message to those planning on following the band's tour with fake merchandise.

"We're going to be out on the street and it's going to be very difficult for them to sell openly," he said.

Showtech took the step -- unusual in this federal judicial district -- of suing unidentified bootleggers and getting a court order allowing the seizure of fake concert gear.

Showtech hired eight off-duty city police to help with the roundup, and is seeking a preliminary injunction from Judge Cercone that would allow similar operations at all future dates on this tour.

Mr. Zalon said that occasionally Showtech seeks criminal charges against repeat violators of orders but usually just takes their fake merchandise.

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