Fake sellers who claimed that didgeridoos and boomerangs were hand-painted by Aboriginal people when actually made in Indonesia are fined $ 2.3 MILLION
- Birubi Art Pty Ltd has sold more than 18,000 counterfeit Aboriginal products
- The ACCC sought fines in the federal court that had committed the fraud
- The items produced in series had labels such as & # 39; Aboriginal Art & # 39; and & # 39; genuine & # 39;
A wholesaler who pretended that didgeridoos and boomerangs were hand-painted by Aboriginals when they were made in Indonesia was fined $ 2.3 million.
Birubi Art Pty Ltd sold more than 18,000 counterfeit products in Australia, which were published as artisan items by native artists from the country.
The Australian Competition and Consumer Commission imposed sanctions on the federal court in October 2018 after an infringement of consumer legislation was found.
The items produced in Indonesia had labels such as & # 39; Aboriginal Art & # 39 ;, & # 39; genuine & # 39; and & # 39; Australia & # 39 ;.
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A wholesaler who pretended that didgeridoos and boomerangs were hand-painted by Aboriginals when they were made in Indonesia was fined $ 2.3 million (pictured: Balinese factory that massively produces fake Australian products)
& # 39; I think that fines totaling $ 2.3 million are appropriate and only for the behavior of Birubi & # 39 ;, Judge Melissa Perry wrote Wednesday.
She noted between 2010 and 2017 that there were at least 244 stores that had the fake products in stock.
The failure comes after workers at various Balinese factories have received mass-producing misleading & # 39; Aboriginal & # 39; products to be shipped to countries around the world, including Australia.
60 minutes exposed the dodgy operation in six factories suspected of making the fake items while undercover.
& # 39; We have sticker made from Australia made in Australia, & # 39; an employee said to one of the secret crew members.
& # 39; Maybe your client doesn't know, made in Bali.
& # 39; We also send to Sydney. Sydney, many, many containers to Sydney. & # 39;
Birubi Art Pty Ltd sold more than 18,000 counterfeit products in Australia, which were sold as handmade items by native artists from the country (photo: counterfeit product in Australian style)
Judge Perry also ordered the ACCC to take no action against Birubi Art to uphold the financial penalty or pay its court fees without further leave from the court to take into account the fact that the wholesaler was in liquidation.
The ACCC has taken legal action as a means to preserve the reputation of the indigenous Australian art industry.
& # 39; The artwork, images, and statements used by Birubi suggested a relationship between Australian Aboriginals and the production of non-existent products, said ACCC Commissioner Sarah Court.
& # 39; The ACCC is particularly concerned about any behavior that has the potential to undermine the integrity and value of true native Australian art, and therefore the impact that could have on native Australian artists. & # 39;
The items produced in Indonesia had labels such as & # 39; Aboriginal Art & # 39 ;, & # 39; genuine & # 39; and & # 39; Australia & # 39; (photo: employee in Balinese factory that produces fake native art)
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