In the line of duty
Ever the intrepid explorer, when Utynam heard that Hong Kong
Customs had opened a museum of IP rights enforcement he
couldn't resist going for a visit.
While on the tour, visitors can test their ability to spot
the fake from the real on a range of goods including food,
daily necessities, software and, this being Hong Kong, luxury
goods. Those wanting a more in-depth experience can then move
on to see reconstructions of an optical disk manufacturing
site, a domestic pirated Cd workshop, and even an office using
The highlight for Utynam, however, was a replica of a
karaoke lounge that uses songs without paying copyright owners.
The Customs department explains that while investigating
potentially illicit bars, its officers have been known to pose
as singing customers. Utynam is impressed by the diligence and
enthusiasm shown by the investigators but...