Mr Escolar has an amusing post about US pressure on Spain’s main political parties to put an end to massive intellectual property abuse in the country, and about confusion stateside re the support for the pirates from the PP, who sell hanging and flogging fantasies to voters where other property crime is involved.
Spain is a consumer not a producer of ideas, so it’s not surprising that the populace takes a Somali view of creative rights, but the cheap and shoddy shamelessness of the theft still never ceases to amuse.
I’m still a big fan of the plagiarism by Grupo Cortefiel of the Victoria’s Secret lingerie brand as Women’Secret, which was followed by legal battles against smaller parasites like Secretos de Mujer–big fleas have little fleas upon their backs to bite them, and little fleas have lesser fleas, and so ad infinitum.
But today walking up c/ Escorial in Barcelona I came with pleasure on what looks like a new classic in the making. At 120 we have a franchise of the well-established cheap groceries chain, Consum, while newly opened at 145 (and not yet on GM) we encounter a franchise of a new cheap groceries chain with a quite different name: Conssum.
According to the latter’s website they will already send your onions to places like … Somalia. However, since Conssum.com was only registered a month ago by a Romanian called Marin Capraru resident in a Zaragoza village, I wouldn’t bet on them getting there.
- % of Spanish electorate not voting for any candidate vs % of electorate voting for winning party, 1977-2011
No tumbrils for Mariano just yet.
- Gordon Ransay
Off-topic, like most of the posts these days, but the Tenerife brand-hijackers (right down to the distinctive R in Mr Ramsay’s
- Worst ever Spanish covers of English-language songs?
I haven’t talked to any of the perpetrators, but I have little doubt that the principal cause of what we regard
- Consum and the new math
Popular innumeracy and some weird automation at the local supermarket.
- Bar Kentumy
I imagine this bears the same relation in terms of intellectual property to Barcelona’s famous Bar Kentucky as Women’Secret does to