Indianapolis, IN asked in Copyright for Indiana

Q: Some people I know are selling shirts with known designs (such as Louis Vuitton) on them. What laws are being broken?

Some people I know are selling shirts with known designs (such as Louis Vuitton) on them. They have used a variety of designs from multiple internet sources (such as Etsy, Instagram, Pintrest, etc.). They claim to have dealt with the copyright issues, and bought the necessary rights to use these images. But I refuse to believe that Louis Vuitton has allowed them to sell their designs on homemade clothing for commercial selling use. What kind of sources or reading points can I point them to so they realize how dangerous this is?

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Fritz-Howard Raymond Clapp
Fritz-Howard Raymond Clapp
  • Intellectual Property Lawyer
  • Beverly Hills, CA

A: Even if the copyrights have been licensed, which we agree is a doubtful claim, use of the famous apparel brands on fake goods is trademark infringement.

An informative article on apparel trademark law is here:

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