College of Arts and Sciences
Family and Consumer Sciences
Primary Subject Area
trademark infringement, copyright infringement, fashion industry, faux, counterfeit, Harper's Bazaar
Intellectual Property | Law
Counterfeits of designer merchandise continue to be made and sold throughout the world causing drastic social and economic outcomes everywhere. Despite the illegality of manufacturing and distributing counterfeit goods, this business has far-reaching effects that society is not generally aware of. The evils of counterfeiting luxury goods include forced child labor, drug trafficking, and international terrorism as well as loss of billions of dollars in revenue to legitimate businesses and governments. The ancient Latin phrase “Caveat emptor” “Let the buyer beware” is still relevant today. Being made aware and being warned, society may be motivated to shut down this illicit business of counterfeiting designer goods.