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Aug/03

Will the Rocky Mountain News Start Accepting Ads From Knock-Off Artists?


This column from the Rocky Mountain News recommending the purchase of knock-off products (and encouraging confusion with sentences such as [website] carries BURBERRY when the authors appear to know that the site carries BURBERRY knock-offs) seems somewhat irresponsible

Counterfeit trademarked products are illegal and for good reason. The makers of counterfeit products steal from trademark owners, steal from the government and steal from consumers. Manufacturers of integrity who pay their taxes and honor customer complaints, do not go into business under someone else’s name.  Manufacturers of integrity do not copy others designs, and then advertise themselves as being ‘inspired’ by that designer.

The legal issues raised in promoting infringing products, and the paper’s relationship with its advertisers, I leave to the paper.

 

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