Wednesday, 15 September 2010

eBay Defeats Tiffany & Co- Fakes Not Its Fault 15/9/10

It seems that eBay is under scrutiny lately, accused of being a vendor of fake goods. Last week, the MO Down reported on a suit initiated by luxury giant LVMH. On Monday, eBay won dismissal of a lawsuit by Tiffany & Co, that accused the website of deceiving customers and selling counterfeit jewellery. Ultimately, its an issue of trademark infringement, and Tiffany think eBay have been involved in false advertising. Interesting, given that eBay simply host other people’s transactions and are not involved directly with trademark violations. While this does not make counterfeiting their fault, some would say eBay facilitates the sale of fake goods, and that this therefore implicates them in harbouring those actually responsible. Nonetheless, the ruling has been hailed an indisputable validation of eBay’s business practices, and the world’s largest online auctioneer can rest easy.

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