We’re reaching another tipping point — in unlicenced merchandise
I’m seeing this story from last year is making the rounds on Facebook. From an account of London’s MCM Expo:
Cosplay was not the centre of attention for once at the recent MCM Expo in London, when the copyright licensors of Tokyo Ghoul and Attack on Titan toured the dealers’ room in a carnival of garbage collection, rooting out and confiscating an estimated £20,000 worth of unlicensed merchandise. The unexpected entourage included reps from a Japanese company, the UK’s Anime Limited, a lawyer with a Powers of Attorney notice, and a trio of minions to cart away the swag. By the time the sweep was over, several dealers were shown the door with the full approval of MCM’s management, and the enforcers actually ran out of bin bags, leading to the delicious irony of a bootleg Tokyo Ghoul carry-all being commandeered to lug illegal Tokyo Ghoul merchandise
You can read the entire story here.
Take it with a grain of salt. I haven’t found a corroborating account anywhere yet. However, it’s a very useful illustration of something we’ve been discussing on this site for a long time now.
Here’s what you need to know.