Sep 25, 2004, 9:55 PM
Post #7 of 18
I broke down and bought one bootleg movie since we got here, and it was because I had been trying to see "The Hours" for months and missed it when it was in San Miguel and missed it when I was in Phoenix. I had huge misgivings and great shame about doing so.
And then I was appropriately punished: the copy was no good.
As a writer whose books and articles have been misused and outright stolen, I feel great empathy for artists whose works are stolen. I decided I had been given a sign from the Copyright Goddess never to sin again, at least not in that way. It sure is tempting to see those 20-peso DVDs at Tuesday Market though.
I always shudder when I see all the knockoffs--cartoon characters in the parades, Disney ceramics, Nike tennis shoes for 200 pesos. China is far worse, but that doesn't make me feel any better about it here.
One of my favorite designers, Laura Burch, who does wild cat and animal designs for clothing, quilts, jewelry, etc., finally gave up on her production business since she was being ripped off so badly. Now she just sells the designs so people can buy the patterns to make their own work, since they're going to do it anyway.
When I had the ceramics shop in rural Michigan, many of the shops copied the Precious Moments, Disney, Charley Brown, Superman and other ceramics which were on the market at high prices and made their own molds from them. Charles Schultz ("Peanuts") in particular was known for having his people make the rounds of small ceramics stores and sueing them into bankruptcy if illegal copies were found.
But no one ever thinks they will be caught. I don't think the copyright laws even exist in Mexico, do they?