The Kansas City Royals are currently competing in the World Series for the first time in 29 years, so merchandise for the franchise has sky rocketed meaning people will try to sell all kinds of items to fans.
Commemorations of the team's success of reaching the World Series, you would be able to see scarfs, T-Shirts and basically anything that can represent the Royals will be sold, but you have to be careful.
An underwear store in Kansas City called Birdies Panties have just found out the hard way about strict infringement laws that comply with Major League Baseball teams.
The company had designed Kansas City Royals-themed women's underwear, The "Lucky Royals boyshorts" have "Take the Crown" and a crowned K.C. on the backside of the clothing items.
Although according to Jenee Osterheldt of the Kansas City Star, the operation of selling these garments was recently shut down as Homeland Security turned up to the boutique to claim the illegal items.
The confiscation was due to the logo infringed on MLB copyright and basically Homeland Security had to seize what could be described as a women's underwear operation.
Agents from Homeland Security
Peregrine Honig who is one of the owners of Birdies Panties explained how it all unfolded to Osterheldt, she said:
"They came in and there were two guys. I asked one of them what size he needed and he showed me a badge and took me outside. They told me they were from Homeland Security and we were violating copyright laws."
Honig would have to sign a statement from the agents that meant she would not use the logo in any further merchandise or garments for sale.
The emblem was handmade by the company, however it still violated the copyright because of the interlocking "KC' symbol.
A bizarre case of where the law is very strict on its policies towards copyright infringement.
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