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eBay may be liable for fake goods sold on site
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Posted July 27, 2011 at 2:46PM
The European Court of Justice has ruled that eBay, the popular online auction website, and other online marketplaces, could be liable for counterfeit goods sold on its websites.
In the ruling, the court stated that any online retailer who played an 'active role' in promoting counterfeit goods could be held liable for trademark violations.
It added that national courts had the right to halt infringements and to prevent future infringements where necessary, though actions should be 'effective, proportionate and dissuasive, and must not create barriers to legitimate trade'. Read more
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Posted July 31, 2011 at 8:08PM
Fake goods are often counted by the makers as lost sales opertunities. but if you consider that their real customers would never ever buy the fake items, and mostly the people that do buy the fake goods would never ever afford to become a real customer, then this issue is mostly smoke mirrors and hot air
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