a crackdown on counterfeits at merchandise-happy rio games
Before the Olympic games that opened in Rio on Friday, the five rings, mascots and other Olympic symbols were approved.
In a country where pirated versions of almost all products are as common as tropical fruits, Olympic organizers are battling a wave of pirated goods, these pirated goods are sold and produced by people who are trying to profit from the first round of hype --
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\"These are all opportunistic,\" a 20-
In recent weeks, members of the team conducted surprise inspections throughout the city and confiscated all ersatz Olympic items.
In a recent sting, she grabbed an older businessman who had just embroidered \"Olympic 2016\" on a series of handkerchiefs and hung one in her shop window.
At the same time, in a recent explosion, drug police even seized crushed marijuana and cocaine decorated by human traffickers with Olympic rings.
\"There are all kinds of people trading things that have nothing to do with the spirit of sport or the Olympic values,\" Sylmara Mulini said . \", As the organizing committee is aware, the licensing and retail director of Rio 2016.
Of course, the Olympic Games are just as much a matter of money as sports.
Officially, those who should be involved in the action are sponsors and local partners, currently including large multinational companies such as cocaCola Co.
And Banco Bradesco SA, a big Brazilian bank.
Then there are licensed parties who produce and sell about 5,000 official trinkets, costumes and souvenirs sold by Rio 2016.
Overall, Rio\'s revenue from these sources is expected to reach nearly $1 billion in 2016.
But the black market is a big business in Brazil.
According to industry estimates, sales of pirated and counterfeit goods exceed $30 billion a year.
This is not the first time the Olympic authorities have solved the problem.
Many black Chinese officials live
Before 2008 Olympic Games in Beijing, market makers also fought counterfeiters.
In the past week, a team led by Aragon raided well-
Famous tourist markets in the popular seaside communities of Copabana and Ipanema.
They seized more than 2,300 items, from pens and key chains to T-
Shirts and beach towels.
\"People want to take advantage of events like this, whether they know it is illegal or not,\" Aragon said . \".
Some of the people caught by the trawl were left behind.
\"How Rio 2016 protects it is just a word and a year,\" said Washington walderrama, a supplier of copakabana souvenir licenses, who took 75 police officers in a sting last week, it lost about $600 in revenue.
\"Looking back,\" a law passed this year supplements the existing copyright legislation, specifying the protection of the terms of any language, including \"Rio 2016\" and \"Olympic Games \", \"Rio Olympics\" and \"any other abbreviation or variant that can be created \".
\"In a huge white tent on the beach at Copabana beach, Rio 2016 recently built what they call a\" superpower \"tent.
There, they sell official items, including Olympic bikinis. $85)
Miniature metal replica of the official torch ($170)
Olympic golf logo in green and yellow ($66).
Cristian Krummenauer, 38, said: \"It\'s a little expensive.
A one-year-old tourist took a fancy to a $40 red wine, with wine merchants bottling up Olympic sailing signs near their home town in southern Brazil.
\"The place I live in is cheaper, but it won\'t have this nice label.
\"A two-minute walk along the coast, after a dummy, he was taking pictures and an Olympic Games --
A well-crafted themed castle by Copabana-
A street vendor touted clothes folded over a large blanket.
He offers a white polyester T.
Shirt with Olympic rings on it for about $9
The third price of the official cotton version is sold on the \"supermarket.
\"When he launched two cars for $15, the other vendor ran over and scored: The Municipal Guard, um --
They know that they are moving forward as part of the crackdown.
\"I have to go,\" cried the vendor, who grabbed the blanket in the corner, grabbed it into a parcel, and ran into the crowded seaside.
\"But come back later. \"(
Reporting by Prada Sao Paulo;
Editor Kieran Murray)