Taipei, June 15 (CNA) About 22,000 counterfeit sports shirts that were confiscated by Taichung prosecutors were donated to socially disadvantaged groups on Friday with the full support of the genuine manufacturers.
Prosecutors confiscated the fake shirts -- valued around NT$40 million (US$1.33 million) -- in an intellectual property rights violation case, and under normal regulations the shirts would have been destroyed, said the Taichung District Prosecutors Office.
However, taking into consideration environmentally friendly trends and the needs of socially disadvantaged people, authorities decided it would be better if the clothing was donated to appropriate families, the office said.
Prosecutors Chang Hsiao-wen and Lan Hsien-jung negotiated with the rightful manufacturers regarding intellectual property rights before the donation of the goods was approved, the office added.
The office commissioned Taichung Prison's sewing factory to reprocess and repackage the confiscated shirts that were later sent tothe Taiwan Fund for Children and Families, the Taiwan After-Care Association's Taichung branch and the Association of Victims Support'sTaichung branch.
(By Chen Shu-fen and C.J. Lin) ENDITEM/npw