6 charged in Stones bootlegging

6 charged in Stones bootlegging

Staff WriterOctober 9, 2005 

At least six people were charged Saturday with copyright infringement after police accused them of selling hundreds of counterfeit Rolling Stones T-shirts.

It didn't seem to matter to the more than 100 Stones fans who snatched up the merchandise.

One defendant raked in at least $3,000 in an afternoon, police said, selling shirts for about $20 apiece.

The group of hawkers surrounded Wallace Wade Stadium and sold the shirts on street corners in downtown Durham, police told Durham County magistrate Eric Van Vleet.

The suspects, whose names were unavailable Saturday night, might also have violated a restraining order and an injunction filed by the Stones' corporate brand RST Inc. last month in a Massachusetts district court.

The injunction prohibited anyone, including eight specific defendants, from using the Rolling Stones name.

Police seized at least 600 T-shirts and raided a hotel room to bring in the counterfeit merchandise.

Several defendants said they didn't know the shirts were bootlegs.

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