Feeds

eBay breaks bread with luxury goods firms

Counterfeit handbags at dawn

Choosing a cloud hosting partner with confidence

eBay is to pow-wow with luxury goods manufacturers which want the online tat bazaar to better police sales of fraudulent merchandise. The meeting, held in London on 28 July, brings together lawyers from eBay, along with representatives of luxury goods association the Walpole Group, which counts in its membership shoemaker Jimmy Choo.

Luxury goods manufacturers want eBay to do more to prevent the sale of counterfeit goods on the site. eBay's position, vindicated in the US by a recent court ruling against Tiffany, the jeweller, is that it's up to manufacturers to police their own trademarks on eBay, and bring infringing items to its attention. eBay will then act to annul auctions.

A federal judge decided last week that eBay had not violated Tiffany's copyright when it inadvertently handled the sale of counterfeit products bearing the brand, and eBay welcomed the ruling. It is unknown if Tiffany intends to appeal.

However, a French court took the opposite line last month in a case involving LVMH, the group that markets Moet Hennessy and Louis Vuitton, awarding $63m in damages against the online tat bazaar after it was judged culpable for facilitating the sale of knock-off goods.

Counterfeit items are prohibited on eBay, but brand holders want the auction house to be more proactive in preventing the sale of fake designer goods.

Representatives of the luxury goods industry said the eBay-Tiffany ruling was a disservice to customers. "Counterfeit or fraudulent goods are rampant in the marketplace, and internet retailers must accept the responsibility to protect the consumer by guaranteeing the authenticity of the luxury goods they sell," the Luxury Institute. According to the trade group, sales of counterfeit luxury goods bring in $15bn a year.

Next week's meeting is described as an attempt to forge an agreement between eBay and the representatives of luxury brands. An anonymous source familiar with the agenda for the talks told The Daily Telegraph:

"Both sides want to make progress in answering questions such as: how can brand owners and online auction sites work together to identify repeat offenders and track trends to try to pre-empt posting of counterfeits; how can we work together with law enforcement agencies; and how can we collaborate to craft legislation locally and internationally that addresses protection of IP rights and help to create a safe and vibrant online marketplace?" ®

Beginner's guide to SSL certificates

More from The Register

next story
I'll be back (and forward): Hollywood's time travel tribulations
Quick, call the Time Cops to sort out this paradox!
Megaupload overlord Kim Dotcom: The US HAS RADICALISED ME!
Now my lawyers have bailed 'cos I'm 'OFFICIALLY' BROKE
MI6 oversight report on Lee Rigby murder: US web giants offer 'safe haven for TERRORISM'
PM urged to 'prioritise issue' after Facebook hindsight find
BT said to have pulled patent-infringing boxes from DSL network
Take your license demand and stick it in your ASSIA
Right to be forgotten should apply to Google.com too: EU
And hey - no need to tell the website you've de-listed. That'll make it easier ...
Assange™ slumps back on Ecuador's sofa after detention appeal binned
Swedish court rules there's 'great risk' WikiLeaker will dodge prosecution
prev story

Whitepapers

Go beyond APM with real-time IT operations analytics
How IT operations teams can harness the wealth of wire data already flowing through their environment for real-time operational intelligence.
5 critical considerations for enterprise cloud backup
Key considerations when evaluating cloud backup solutions to ensure adequate protection security and availability of enterprise data.
Getting started with customer-focused identity management
Learn why identity is a fundamental requirement to digital growth, and how without it there is no way to identify and engage customers in a meaningful way.
Reg Reader Research: SaaS based Email and Office Productivity Tools
Read this Reg reader report which provides advice and guidance for SMBs towards the use of SaaS based email and Office productivity tools.
Simplify SSL certificate management across the enterprise
Simple steps to take control of SSL across the enterprise, and recommendations for a management platform for full visibility and single-point of control for these Certificates.