/ September 3, 2009

Louis Vuitton Wins Judgment Against Internet Service Providers

Two California ISPs, Akanoc and Managed Solutions Group, have lost a suit brought against them by Louis Vuitton.  Both ISPs were accused of being primarily set up to aid  in the distribution of counterfeit merchandise, including Louis Vuitton knockoffs.  The intriguing aspect to the case is that the ISPs were not protected under the Digital Mellenium Copyright Act’s safe harbor provision, which states that service providers cannot be held liable for what users do on their networks.  Louis Vuitton had notified both service providers that they were harboring sites that included counterfeit materials, since neither ISP took action on these notification, the DMCA did not apply.

Source: Ars Technica 

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