EBay calls on EU to change luxury brand rules

[AP] EBay Inc. called Thursday on the European Union to change antitrust rules that allow luxury manufacturers to choose who can sell their branded goods online.Brand owners such as LVMH Moet Hennessy Louis Vuitton SA and Richemont SA, the Swiss maker of Cartier watches, argue that luxury goods are valuable when they are exclusive and available in selected outlets – and not in an online free-for-all.
http://news.smh.com.au/breaking-news-technology/ebay-calls-on-eu-to-change-luxury-brand-rules-20090917-fttd.htmlAlso see:France Fines eBay Over Counterfeit Goods
LVMH Moet Hennessy Louis Vuitton SA on Friday said a French tribunal found eBay Inc. responsible for counterfeiting on its Web site, the latest fight regarding when sites are liable for the sale of counterfeit items.EBay was ordered to pay €80,000 ($118,000), and the tribunal said the the company will be fined €1,000 per future infringement.
http://online.wsj.com/article/SB125329940640123621.htmlCourt orders eBay to pay £72,000 – LVMH
A Paris tribunal has found that eBay violated LVMH Moet Hennessy Louis Vuitton trademarks in keyword searches, but the fine of €80,000 (£72,242) levelled against the Internet company was far less than the French luxury brand had hoped for.EBay said the sum was far less than the 4 million euros in damages originally requested by LVMH. But the online company that connects buyers and sellers still faces a raft of pending litigation accusing it of selling counterfeit brands on its site, putting it at risk of far steeper fines.

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