In our last post, we discussed if counterfeit products such as clothing should be given to charity when the items are seized. If you recall from the post, in 2006 a law was passed on the Federal level to stop all givings of counterfeit products to charity. Before the law, US Government agencies would give out counterfeit clothing such as sports jerseys to victims of natural disasters such as Hurricane Katrina.
After the law was passed, that was no longer possible, even during a emergency. Trademark holders did not want their brand ruined by having certain people wearing it. Their words, not mine. Just like how Abercrombie and Fitch wanted the ‘The Situation’ to stop wearing their brand as the company believed he was ruining its image.
In the UK, counterfeit seizures are given to charity all the time.
Now a new bill signed by Governor Andrew Cuomo allows counterfeit clothing to be given to charity.