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Seized: $5 Million In Fake Super Bowl Souvenirs

The Official NFL Logo (NFL)(WASHINGTON) -- The New England Patriots aren’t the only ones who had a bad Super Bowl Sunday. Counterfeiters and vendors trying to make a buck hawking fake NFL t-shirts, caps and souvenirs, found themselves in the crosshairs of a federal crackdown that seized more than $5 million in counterfeit NFL goods, according to federal officials.

The nationwide, multi-agency law enforcement operation targeted stores, flea markets and street vendors selling knock-off, game-related sportswear in Indianapolis and throughout the country.

And the effort didn’t end with the retail outlets. Special agents and officers also targeted illegal counterfeit imports into the United States, and seized hundreds of websites engaged in selling counterfeit NFL gear or illegally streaming NFL games.

“In sports, players must abide by rules of the game, and in life, individuals must follow the laws of the land. Our message is simple: abiding by intellectual property rights laws is not optional; it’s the law,” ICE Director John Morton said in a statement.

The Super Bowl is traditionally a bonanza for counterfeiters, who rip-off NFL team logos and images to create knock-off t-shirts, caps, jackets and trinkets to sell to souvenir-hungry fans. But this year, law enforcement and the NFL geared up to defend against the counterfeit offensive. “Operation Fake Sweep,” launched Oct. 1, was a joint effort of Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE), U.S. Customs and Border Protection (CBP), the U.S. Postal Inspection Service (USPIS), the Indianapolis Metropolitan Police Department and the Indiana State Police, all in partnership with the NFL.

ICE issued these points on Tuesday to illustrate the impact of Operation Fake Sweep:

  • Authorities seized 50,703 items of phony Super Bowl-related memorabilia, and other counterfeit items, with a total value of $5.12 million.
  • In addition to Super Bowl gear, another 22,570 items of counterfeit merchandise and clothing representing other sports leagues, including Major League Baseball, National Basketball Association and National Hockey League were seized by law enforcement.
  • In total, the operation netted 73,273 counterfeit items worth $6.69 million.
  • On line merchants were not exempt; special agents seized 386 websites. As many as 370 domain names were illegally selling and distributing counterfeit merchandise. And 16 of the sites illegally streamed live sporting telecasts over the Internet, including NFL games, according to ICE.   Authorities placed a banner reading “Seized” over the websites, and are investigating the operators.

Yonjo Quiroa, 28, allegedly operated nine of the 16 websites seized by authorities for illegally streaming live sporting events from his home in Comstock Park, Mich. He was arrested last week and charged with criminal infringement of a copyright.

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Obama Store Stocked for Black Friday: Goods Entirely ‘Made in USA’

ABC News(CHICAGO) -- This Black Friday, count President Obama’s re-election campaign as one “retailer” fully stocked and hungry for a slice of the holiday shopping pie.

A glimpse inside the campaign store at headquarters found shelves loaded with the traditional array of screen print T-shirts, buttons, stickers and yard signs.

But there’s also plenty of non-traditional “swag” to accompany what aides bill as a non-traditional campaign.

New arrivals include Obama-Biden branded yoga pants, basketball jerseys, golf divot tools, martini glasses, cutting boards, grill spatulas and cufflinks.

Bo Obama, the first family’s pet Portuguese Water Dog, makes a cameo appearance on a button.

Vice President Joe Biden’s face is emblazoned on a coffee mug titled “Cup of Joe.”

And a facsimile of the president’s birth certificate appears both on “Made in the U.S.A.” T-shirts and coffee mugs, poking fun at the conspiracy theorists who insist Obama was born abroad.

Campaign officials won’t reveal which are the hottest selling items, or how much revenue the sales have raised.

One thing they will say for certain is that everything on the shelves was manufactured on U.S. soil.

“If a product isn’t made here, we won’t brand it and sell it,” a campaign official said, adding that staff members have actually vetted some factories to ensure materials are made or assembled in America.

Not all the 2012 presidential candidates can make the same claim. A number of the Republican contenders have hawked goods made overseas.

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'Obama Got Osama': T-Shirts Commemorate Osama Bin Laden Death

ABC News(WASHINGTON) -- Looking for ways to commemorate the death of one of the world’s most wanted terrorists?  Some enterprising businessmen hope so.

Dozens of specialty T-shirts celebrating the killing of Osama bin Laden have begun appearing for sale online and on U.S. street corners less than 12 hours after news broke.

“Hot off the press! Get your shirts here, guys,” one vendor yelled from a park outside the White House in Washington, D.C.  His “Obama Got Osama” screen print shirts were selling at $10 apiece.

“It took Obama to catch Osama,” the shirt reads, above a caricature of Obama scouting a robbed bin Laden with his hands raised inside a cave. “1,461 day of Obama term as president,” it says.  

Other designs found online include a silhouette face of bin Laden with such slogans as “Osama got Obama’d” and “Rest in Piss.”  Another features bin Laden’s likeness with the line “Rest in Pieces.” 

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