Qatar warns against unauthorized World Cup logo merchandise

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After auctioning off dozens of number plates for hundreds of thousands of dollars, Qatar warned the general public on Sunday against using unlicensed vehicle license plates with the FIFA World Cup Qatar 2022 logo.

“It is prohibited to copy and install the World Cup logo on the vehicle number plate,” tweeted the interior ministry, warning that violators would face legal action. 

Fifty license plates with the World Cup logo were auctioned off in May, with the most expensive plate fetching 1.8 million Qatari riyals ($494,000).

“The plates containing the World Cup logo are a special version that are issued according to specific terms and conditions in coordination with FIFA… and for auctioned special number plates only,” it said. 

In May, Qatari authorities announced the arrest of five people “for promoting the sale of clothes bearing the FIFA World Cup Qatar 2022 logo without prior approval from FIFA,” which protects its trademarks.

Last year, authorities raided a factory producing perfume for use in World Cup logo-branded bottles without arresting anyone. There is no official fragrance.

Rox and Ken discuss the dangers of bootlegging in Qatar and the general dangers of this World Cup.

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