Case from 2009: Moscow embassy fired a Swedish diplomat, Andres Martin Fors, who became nicknamed as a “pantyhose” diplomat who used his untouchable status to smuggle hosiery from a factory in Belarus to Russia without paying duties or taxes and giving it to local stores to sell on consignment basis.
Usually foreign diplomats are accused of espionage, but this one had a refreshingly new entrepreneurial case. Still, because of diplomatic immunity the diplomat could not be arrested by Moscow police, but he was dismissed from his position in Moscow. This is against Vienna convention for a diplomat to engage in such activity.
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Recently I’ve been visiting Victoria, BC for the weekend. It’s a city on Vancouver island, full of local artists. Maybe I would not even mention this fact, but coincidentally I was just reading about how their local band called Hot Hot Heat got one of their songs copied by a famous European singer.
Russian/Ukrainian singer, who goes under the name of Elka (pronounced Yolka), for the past two years gained enormous popularity in former USSR for her song called “Provence”. But she is now accused of plagiarism, the chorus of her song is almost identical to the tune from the Hot Hot Heat song called “Shame On You”.
You can listen to the music in the video below where they alternate between the Canadian original and the song that is thought to be the knock off. Obviously, Elka completely denies such accusations and says that the song came to her composer from outer space by SMS.
Copyright violations make many of us upset, but think of it this way, you’d probably would never find out about this Hot Hot Heat song if a popular singer wouldn’t snatch it, as they say.
But why is it that the same tune performed by Elka got so much attention and the original didn’t? Perhaps because of her beautiful video clip, uplifting lyrics (her song is about her exciting anticipation of her trip tomorrow to the suburbs of Paris), and of course her large promotional budget.
Would you say that it is possible that Elka’s composer didn’t actually copy that song and simply came up with such a similar tune? I’d love to hear your opinion.
Recently Victoria Secret was sued by their former hosiery supplier – Zephyrs. They stopped buying from them, but continued to use photos of their products on packaging of other hosiery that was of lower quality.
The only thing that changed was that the label now read “made in Canada” rather than “made in Italy”. Zephyrs feels that Victoria Secret presented a Canadian knock off as if it was that high quality Italian brand that they originally worked with.
This lawsuit was processed in Columbus, Ohio to claim false advertising and fraud. Maybe it’s a little off topic, but for me lately a lot of things were revolving around that city! I even ended up there in August – exactly the month when they had that case submitted.
Styles that are being recalled are Lace Top Fish Net Stockings, Fish Net Thigh-Highs With Backseam, and Signature Stripe Thigh-High With Bows. If you ever tried those, I’d love to hear from you!
Below you can see some images that show you the differences in the welt of the stockings.