We’ve all been there. You’ve just walked inside your favourite venue, excited to see your favourite band tear it up on the stage, and you immediately make your way over to the merch desk to drop some cash.
You try to be conservative, but you can’t help yourself. After an awesome show, you leave donning your new merch, carrying a poster, and covered in sweat, walking right past half a dozen or so bootleggers.
You know the ones, they’re usually crouched on the ground and surrounded by cheap-looking T-shirts with the same logos and similar patterns to those on your brand new purchases, only none of the cash is going to the band.
Instead, the shifty-looking guy sitting on the ground next to a cardboard box and yelling to get your attention gets to keep all the money he makes off the intellectual property of your favourite band.
Well, AC/DC are looking to thwart these dastardly bootleggers once and for all on their upcoming US tour and they have the legal paperwork to show they’re serious. Bootleggers beware, don’t get caught selling AC/DC merch.
According to TMZ, the hard rock legends have filed a lawsuit which will send US Marshals and police officers to several stops on their current US tour, which kicked off in Tacoma, Washington earlier this week.
The band want to see authorities attending select stops on their acclaimed Rock or Bust tour, arresting all offenders — a.k.a. bootleg merchandise sellers — and seizing all counterfeit merchandise.
As the band boast one of the most instantly identifiable and iconic logos in the business, it’s not hard to see why they’re such a popular target for bootleggers. But it looks like that may soon be about to change.