Fake Fashion, Counterfeit Goods, Imitation Brand, Replica Items and Online Shopping
Fakes are Never in Fashion - or are they? As people have become more accustomed to shopping online, a vast new market has opened for for example handbag and fashion dress counterfeits. Where they were once limited to storefronts, street markets and back-alley dealings, clothing and luxury goods merchandize counterfeiters can now sell their knockoffs on the internet. The world wide web has become the new flea market
Online piracy and internet counterfeiting are unfortunate realities in our Information Age. On the Internet, a counterfeiter can sell consumers a pair of counterfeit Louboutins or a fake Hermes Birkin bag purchased with the simple click of a mouse. Other online pirates can sell consumers unauthorized copies of their favorite television show, movie, or music with impunity
Counterfeit Luxury Fashion Brands
Counterfeiting is a global, $600 billion a year problem The last decade, which has seen luxury fashion brands embrace online, has also seen a sharp rise in counterfeiters taking to the internet. The advent of the digital age has changed the rules of the game, shifting the dynamics of buying fakes and widening the frauds’ reach. Naturally, luxury brands are alarmed at the rise of counterfeits on a global scale, vigorously defending their brands by taking legal action.
Tory Burch Awarded $146 Million In Internet Counterfeit Case
Online counterfeiters would do well to heed this cautionary tale: In June 2011, a judge in New York awarded Tory Burch $146 million in damages against a slew of website operators who sold fake Tory Burch Goods online. In addition to the money the court ordered that the websites selling the goods be shut down, and that their URLs be turned over the Tory Burch label. And in the future, the brand will be able to take down any sites that sell fake Tory Burch goods without having to go to court
Chloe Sues Saudi-Based Website for Enabling Counterfeit Sales
Chloe International SAS, a Paris-based fashion house, and three other producers of luxury goods sued a Riyadh, Saudi Arabia-based information service and e-commerce site for trademark infringement. Also included as defendants is a list of alleged manufacturers of counterfeit goods. One of the accused sites allows its member clients to sell so-called “replica” items, which Chloe says is “a term well understood to refer to counterfeit goods.
Luxury Fashion Brands Fight Online Fraud
Christian Louboutin is a brand that invests significant resources towards eliminating copycats of its own products, with particular attention to the online channel. Among other activities in anti-fraud, the company monitors internet auction websites, helping to remove listings of counterfeit merchandise
They also work closely with law enforcement and search engines to remove sites selling imitations and if necessary, shut down their web hosting service providers. The company maintains constant training and dialogue with international customs offices around the world, and most recently started monitoring ‘fake blogs’ that purport to share information about Christian Louboutin products, but in reality are just ways to lead users to fraudulent sellers’ sites
New site helps you dodge counterfeit goods online
Shopping online should be easy and safe but every year people get caught out by scam sites and counterfeit goods. Before you buy anything make sure you carry out basic checks to ensure the site is legitimate. A new website designed to help you distinguish between genuine sellers of big brands and rogue traders of counterfeit goods has been launched. Brand-i.org enables you to search for legitimate sellers of brands such as GHD, Ugg, Chanel, New Era, Liverpool FC, Adidas, Abercrombie & Fitch, and EA games, among others. You can search by brand or by item
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Fashion and Luxury Goods Knockoffs in the Digital Marketplace
In the digital marketplace, knockoffs are showing up both on legitimate sites such as eBay and on rogue websites designed by counterfeiters to resemble legitimate ones. Counterfeiters "abuse brand owners' intellectual property," says one well-known label owner. "Our brand name, our product name, our images, our logo, our design, they take anything they can. And they can open and close a website within two hours, so it can be hard to trace."