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COUNTERFEITS ON THE INTERNET: TIFFANY VS EBAYTiffany & Company and eBay are battling it out in court over the sales of counterfeit merchandise. eBay's position is that it is okay to allow the sales of counterfeit Tiffany items in its internet marketplace. Tiffany, obviously, wants eBay to halt such sales. So far eBay has won. Tiffany is appealing. At risk are Tiffany silver items, perhaps even Tiffany medals.
In 2004 when Tiffany & Co first filed its suit "it notified the auction site that 73 percent of a random sample of supposed Tiffany listings were, in fact, counterfeit." It asked that eBay examine the listings of any seller offering five or more Tiffany items. eBay insists it is not their job to protect Tiffany's trademarks.
An excellent article appeared this week on the Tiffany vs. eBay suit.
To read the complete article, see: Tiffany appeals ruling in eBay counterfeit listings case (http://news.cnet.com/8301-13578_3-10013681-
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