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I just need some clarification, please.
I came upon this site, BagDesigns.net. They clearly sell knock-offs and make no secret of it.

In the FAQ section they attempt to answer the "What is an Inspired Designer Bag?" question.

I thought that the bags sold by ShopSueyBoutique.com were "inspired" because it's not marked with designer logos and is not sold as such. The site stated above does have marked handbags (such as Chloe or Marc Jacobs, etc) but they claim to be "inspired". They state that they're not affiliated with designers nor do they claim to be authentic, BUT isn't stamping the logo on a bag an infringement...? One is legal and the other is not, so I just wanted some clarification. Thanks!

[This is not a fake/replica/inspired vs. authentic debate, so please leave that out. This is an honest question.]
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From: _pinkandgreen_ Date: March 28th, 2006 10:59 pm (UTC) (Link)
I'm pretty sure it IS copyright infringement, i wouldn't be surprised if this site gets shut down soon
ishoku From: ishoku Date: March 28th, 2006 11:25 pm (UTC) (Link)
Maybe it's a good question to ask to the counterfeit chic blog. She's a law school prof and sometimes writes about fake bags and their legality.
aznstarlette From: aznstarlette Date: March 28th, 2006 11:32 pm (UTC) (Link)
ah, thank you very much!!
From: mammet Date: March 29th, 2006 02:09 am (UTC) (Link)
very interesting link! thanks.
From: dem0nicbunny Date: March 29th, 2006 05:04 am (UTC) (Link)
I always thought replicas were flat out knockoffs, ie a bag that simply tries to look exactly like the original but can be spotted as a fake by a good eye. And an inspired bag is one that looks similar to a particular designer(similar design, fabric, etc) but doesn't have the designer names printed anywhere on the bag.

So I agree with you that it's an infringement.
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