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MASKED REPUBLIC MAKES LEGAL MOVES TO FIGHT BOOTLEGGING OF LUCHA LIBRE MASKS

By Mike Johnson on 2009-11-27 22:49:35
Masked Republic issued the following on Wednesday:

MASKED REPUBLIC SERVES CEASE AND DESIST LETTERS ON NEARLY A DOZEN WEBSITES AND REGISTERS WITH EBAY AND AMAZON TO PREVENT ILLEGAL SALES OF LUCHA MASKS

Masked Republic sent cease and desist letters to a number of websites this morning to prevent any further illegal sales in violation of copyrights held by the luchadors whom they represent.  Specifically stated in the cease and desist were Blue Demon, Jr., LA PARK, and Rey Misterio, Sr. 

"For too long now these luchadors have had their rights taken advantage of,"  said Masked Republic founder and CEO Ruben Zamora.  "Masked Republic was formed in part not only to allow lucha stars to capitalize on and monetize their own popularity by way of officially licensed merchandise, but also to protect their rights.  The Masked Republic legal department's mission statement includes enforcement of U.S. copyright laws and we intend to defend each of our star's rights to the fullest." 

Before even sending cease and desist letters, Zamora had conversations with Highspots.com and WrestleWarehouse.com who both agreed to comply and, in doing so, the sites, along with SuperLuchas.net, will be the first three sites able to sell the officially licensed Masked Republic products starting in early 2010.  Masked Republic's own web store will open this Friday. 

"I wanted to reach out to both Highspots and WrestleWarehouse becuase I have seen both companies not only do good for the wrestling business, especially on the independent level, but because I have respect for the manner in which they generally practice business.  I know that Michael, who owns Highspots, has attempted over the years to work officially licensed deals with luchadors, but with no success.  That is part of the reason Masked Republic has come together in the first place.  It has been hard for luchadors to feel comfortable doing business with American companies, not because of anything specific any of them have done, but just because of the overall level of discomfort they have for working with U.S. based companies.  I, however, have been working with Mexican talent for nearly a decade now, and am proud to have built up the trust which many of them need to finally do business in the U.S." 

"Without hesitation, both Highspots and WrestleWarehouse agreed to comply and I am honored to announce that come next year, they will be the first two U.S. based retail sites, aside from our own MaskedRepublic.com, to carry our officially licensed products, the only officially licensed lucha products, period." 

While Masked Republic's cease and desist specifically named Blue Demon, Jr., LA PARK, and Rey Misterio, Sr.,  due to those specific stars being the first to have officially licensed Masked Republic merchandise available starting this Friday, it also suggested that the sites look at the Masked Republic website for a complete list of talent, as the company had every intention to enforce each of their stars' copyrights.  Among other Masked Republic represented talent are Rayo De Jalisco, Juventud Guerrera, Delirious, Puma, and non-masked stars including Konnan and Cassandro.  Masked Republic also recently signed an agreement with the Dragon Gate USA promotion to represent them for merchandising and licensing. 


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