Google fined for Vuitton 'knockoff' ads

29th June 2006, Comments 0 comments

PARIS, June 29, 2006 (AFP) - Google has been fined EUR 300,000 (380,000 dollars) by a French court for publishing online ads openly offering illegal copies of Louis Vuitton bags.

PARIS, June 29, 2006 (AFP) - Google has been fined EUR 300,000 (380,000 dollars) by a French court for publishing online ads openly offering illegal copies of Louis Vuitton bags.

The Paris appeals court on Wednesday also ordered the US Internet giant to pay EUR 60,000 in legal costs on top of EUR 15,000 it already owes from a defeat in a French lower court in February 2005.

The case revolves around linked ads that appear on the right-hand of the screen when an Internet user does a Google search for Louis Vuitton.

The French luxury goods company started the lawsuit when it found that ads for copies of its wares came up on the screen.

Google has since eliminated the offending ads from its French site, but the Paris court said it was obliged to do so for all its other sites, too — a ruling, that if upheld, would have wider ramifications for Internet sites and national jurisdictions.

The appeals court upped the initial EUR-200,000 fine initially imposed on Google, adding pressure on the company to comply.

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