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    My question is a simple one. I started a unique website that found a niche.We are in the US. It did not take long for manufacturers from Pakistan to jump all over this. That itself is not a big deal as our own manufacturer is from Pakistan. I think that good clean competition is fun. But our business involves selling apparel in the style of apparel worn in films and on television. We are very careful NOT to use images from the films and television shows, nor do we mention the film, character, actor, etc. when we sell apparel due to the copyright, trademark and intellectual property laws. It makes the business challenging for certain.

    Of course, the Pakistani vendors are using production stills, screen captures, mentioning the movie title and character, etc. They are stealing the images from my discussion board as well. The real issue is that they are using these images in lieu of their actual product and customers are being enticed by the images and getting poor quality garments.

    As a result we put these manufacturers into our Hall of Shame so customers can be aware of what to expect. We post screen captures of the offense as proof since the first they do is cry "defamation" which is not accurate as we are showing the facts. Images that I took with my own camera in some instances are showing up on these sites.

    Now, my understanding of defamation is that it cannot exist unless what I am writing is untrue (and it is not).

    The question all of this leads to is that I thought that companies who are doing business with the US (often spoofing us-based locations and telephone numbers) had to comply with the laws of the US. I am most concerned with trademark, copyright and intellectual property laws of course.

    If there is such a regulation, can you please cite it here so I can use it on our legal section of the website?

    Thank you for your help.

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    Re: Pakistani Manufacturers Selling in to the US

    I wish to inform you that there cannot be any defamation if statement by you are true. In this regard truth is a defense to defamation. Further as regards intellectual property laws the person whose rights are getting violated can take action against Pakistani manufacturer.

    AFF

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    • #3
      Re: Pakistani Manufacturers Selling in to the US

      Thank you for the quick response. I know for a fact that what I say is true and to prove it, I have taken screen captures of the offending practices where applicable which clearly show what I am claiming. Are there specific laws that I can link to on my site that will show exactly why these practices are against the law?

      The odds that an actor will actually take action because a Pakistani manufacturer made a article of clothing similar to the one they wore on film is slim. Some well-known articles of clothing may be more of a concern to the larger studios such as Universal, Paramount, etc and to other large movie-related companies such as Marvel.

      But I think that it is important to show the business ethics of these manufacturers to people who want to do business with them. Especially if others have been scammed by them in the past.

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      • #4
        Re: Pakistani Manufacturers Selling in to the US

        One question was not answered. Do international businesses who market and sell to the US have to comply with the laws of the US? Can you cite the regulation, please - I would really appreciate it.

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        • #5
          Re: Pakistani Manufacturers Selling in to the US

          That is an issue where US customs should impound the goods for trademark infringement. Try giving them a call.
          Due to a recent promotion, I should now be referred to as Major Obvious.

          I would not be trying to provide information and knowledge if I did not sympathize.

          Some days it is just not worth chewing through the restraints to face life.

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          • #6
            Re: Pakistani Manufacturers Selling in to the US

            Thank you. I can do that, but my question at this point is simply:

            "Do international businesses selling to the US have to comply with US law?

            They seem to think that because they are in Pakistan they are untouchable.

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            • #7
              Re: Pakistani Manufacturers Selling in to the US

              Yes, they must.
              Due to a recent promotion, I should now be referred to as Major Obvious.

              I would not be trying to provide information and knowledge if I did not sympathize.

              Some days it is just not worth chewing through the restraints to face life.

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              • #8
                Re: Pakistani Manufacturers Selling in to the US

                Last question? Can you point me to the regulation? Thanks so much for your help, I really appreciate it.

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