EBay objects to luxury goods makers' retail control
Posted in: Legal, Privacy & Security at 23/09/2009 11:39
Brand holders have too much power over the way their goods are sold, online auction site EBay has said. It said that 250,000 people in the UK back its campaign to change EU competition law to give retailers more power.
European Union law allows the maker of goods the right to control its distribution and sale in some circumstances. Luxury brand owners, in parcicular, can stop shops from selling their goods if they do not have the right fixtures, fittings, stock levels or staff training.
EU court adviser backs Google over LVMH on Net ads
An adviser to the European Union's top court backed Google on Tuesday in a row with luxury goods maker LVMH over Internet advertising, saying the Web search firm had not infringed trade mark rights.
"Advocate General Poiares Maduro considers that Google has not infringed trade mark rights by allowing advertisers to buy keywords corresponding to registered trade marks," the European Court of Justice said in a statement on Tuesday.