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      Selling replica goods in UK - Is it legal to sell Designer inspired goods

      Iíve been considering selling replica goods online for a while now, but is this legal in the UK? Is it an illegal offense, punishable by law, or is it something that is above the table and credible, for which I wonít get in trouble for.

      The numbers make it awfully tempting, but I really donít want to venture into any illegal territory. Any advice from those of you more seasoned.
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      It is in no way legal to sell counterfeits, no matter how a company might be marketing the goods. Counterfeits are produced to be as much as possible, exactly like the original. These are copies of a product and are illegal, because the intent is for the product to appear like the original and it is marketed as such.

      Selling counterfeits can ruin your chances for a legitimate business, as many organizations like Ebay will ban you for selling anything illegal.

      This is different from designer inspired goods, which are more like a finished product that is inspired by the original design. So, it generally wonít have a designerís tag or label on it. Itís made to resemble the original and if you look at it, especially at first glance, it appears to be much like the original. However, the intent is not to brand the product as the original. Therefore, designer inspired goods are legal.
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      UK is definitely cracking down on fakes and taking cases all the way to conviction and prison time, never mind hefty fines. It is 100% illegal and the law will be against you if you sell counterfeits.

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      What does the law say specifically about counterfeit business transactions? Does anybody know? If it is not legal, why does it seem that companies that are selling counterfeits are everywhere?

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      The UK government has created laws that give customs authorities quite a bit of power over counterfeit goods. They have the freedom to detain the goods if they ‚Äúthink‚ÄĚ they are counterfeit. They do not necessarily have to provide an immediate proof. Once they have the goods, they proceed by contacting whoever is holding the rights to the particular product. So, if you have shipped counterfeit D&G goods and they are detained, customs contacts the D&G headquarters and you and the products are then investigated. There is a time limit of 10 days that they can hold goods. That is how long the rights holder has to respond, and they have the right to come down and look at the product too. This is how they decide if they are going to go ahead with legal proceedings or not.

      You can find the full law spelled out in this link to the government’s site on legislation.

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      I believe that if the goods have brand markings on them then they are counterfeit, but if they are close copies, without the registered brand mark on them then the manufacturer classes them as inspired designs, i/e they copy the design, (albeit about 95%) of say a D&G pair of shoes, but don't use the D&G logo, then they are not classed as counterfeit, but inspired copies.

      It's quite a close line, but not illegal as long as they don't have the brand mark on them and not an exact copy. There are a couple of wholesalers up north selling designer inspired shoes, that look just like the real thing but don't have any brand marking on them. All the same, i would do a check on the customs website and give a local solicitor a quick call, so as you fully understand the situation.hth.

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