With so many protected woods and ukuleles and guitars being central to Hawaiian music, this story needs to be followed. The new "TSA" type government programs from food safety to guitar wood, is reacting to issues that it should have dealt with decades ago and now all of a sudden these programs are sweeping in and doing outrageous things and interpreting the laws in an over-kill manner.
What this all the way through and then imagine the same scenario with foods, farms, fruit stands, small business, mom and pop shops and a whole host of other ways these acts by our government, in trying to protect us, are in fact putting a fear factor and control mentality out.
The fish and game are enforcing the lacy law as it relates to India and it's labor laws. This is not tied to the legality of the purchased wood or even conservation. Reselling the products, guitars and ukuleles will incriminate the person whether they had knowledge of the Lacey act or not.
No Judge, no jury, but a judge signed the ordered. Gibson just has no ways to appeal this or respond to it in court.