They Can Have My AK-47 License Fees…

… when they pry it from my cold dead hands:

Russia says it suffers major losses from the counterfeit manufacture of Kalashnikov assault rifles in Bulgaria. The armies of 47 countries use the AK-47 assault rifle, known as the Kalashnikov after its designer, Mikhail Kalashnikov.

About 100 million AK-47s and modified versions are believed to circulate around the world, but many of them are produced illegally.

Bulgaria’s Arsenal, whose license to produce Kalashnikov rifles expired a long time ago, displayed a wide range of counterfeit rifles at the DSA 2006 arms show in Malaysia.

Ivanov said earlier that the annual sales of unlicensed small arms on the international market totaled about $2 billion, with counterfeit Kalashnikov assault rifles accounting for 80-90% of the volume.

They are demanding a halt to all “illegal” AK-47 manufacturing. I suspect this won’t have much impact. I think the Russians are just enjoying being uppity these days. The article concludes we haven’t signed any intellectual property agreements with Russia.

via Slashdot

2 Responses to “They Can Have My AK-47 License Fees…”

  1. Mark says:

    Well, since these counterfeits are being manfactured in Eastern European countries, Russia should consider them reparations for the time those countries spent being ruled under communism…

  2. Alcibiades says:

    Apparently, the AK-47 was patented in 1999….