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Old 03-08-2007, 07:41 AM   #1
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I find the similarities between Q*ban labels and non-Q*ban labels to be intriguing. If the trade embargo were to be lifted; what would happen to cigar labels? Copyright lawyers might have a field day with this one!
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Old 03-08-2007, 08:08 AM   #2
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You are right Don!

But, I think the lawyers would be facing a tougher task, who is the "real deal"?
The only reason we have duplicated branding is due to the Embargo. This battle has been in the courts between Habanos SA and and some of the duplicates already.
Will any of the "replacements" have a leg to stand on if and when the genuine merchandise is available to all the world?
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Old 03-08-2007, 01:59 PM   #3
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I figure that the brands that cross borders will just adopt descriptors to their names. There will be Cohiba and Cohiba Dominican or vice versa. Most likely it will depend on international trademarking laws I don't know.

But these non-Q*ban makers have made an impact in the market not just becuse of availability in the US, but because they're worth buying.

In such a subjective industry, variety sells. T-shirts come in different colors because people like more than just white.
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Keep in mind that Altadis owns the rights to many labels eg. Montecristo, H. Upmann, Romeo y Julieta, etc. They also own half of Habanos SA, so the issue probably won't be too big.
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copyright and distribution nightmare. name of the game is the cost of cuban cigars would double and the quality would bottom out.
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Old 03-08-2007, 07:04 PM   #6
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Originally Posted by Alex Svenson
copyright and distribution nightmare. name of the game is the cost of Q*ban cigars would double and the quality would bottom out.
Don't that just suck we cant have em now and if we where given back the ability to buy em we could no afford em.
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Old 03-09-2007, 04:46 AM   #7
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Ditto what Chris said.
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