You wouldn't think it, but President Bush has been busy with more than just saving the country from financial implosion - he's also had fashion on the brain. Yesterday, he signed an anticounterfeiting bill that will make the consequences for knocking off a Fendi bag all the more serious and scary to those waiting in the shadows with a pencil and tracing paper. The bill includes that President Bush will appoint a sort of piracy and counterfeit czar who'll chair his or her own committee to fight knock-offs of all kinds (clothes, art, music, etc) in accordance with the Prioritizing Resources and Organization for Intellectual Property (PRO IP) Act. So, basically? The government has allocated lots of money ($25 million) to make a department that helps members of the FBI train state/local officials to seek out the producers of knock-offs, in addition to doubling the fines that intellectual property pirates face, making the job all the more unattractive. So does this just mean more random public crackdowns on Canal? Or does all this new cash mean the giants (you know who) come tumbling down, too?
You wouldn't think it, but President Bush has been busy with more than just saving the country from financial implosion - he's also had fashion on the