"I went around the parking lot with around 20 guys, including [U.S.] marshals," says U2 tour merchandise manager Tommy Whitelaw. "Mostly, we just confiscated [unauthorized] materials, but a few people with scads of money and merchandise were arrested."
Several sellers outside the ipayOne Center March 28 and 30 were caught selling "bootleg" clothing featuring the band's likenesses and logos, as well as jewelry, bandanas, and even recordings of U2's just-performed shows. Whitelaw and U2's merchandise company, Signatures Network (which bought out Winterland Productions in 2001 and currently operates U2's fan club Propaganda), got a writ from a federal judge "to seize anything [unauthorized] we find, and any decisions to prosecute will be taken up in federal court." Whitelaw declined to give details about who was arrested.