Burberry Wins $100 Million Copyright Lawsuit By Default
The Manhattan Federal Court has awarded the iconic British label $100 million by default in a copyright infringement case against a ring of Internet counterfeiters. The defendants in question were a group of Chinese counterfeiters who sold at least 22 types of imitation Burberry products on sites like Yesburberryvision.com and Buyburberry.com. The products were emblazoned with Burberry’s signature check and equestrian knight design.
WWD reports that the counterfeiters didn’t answer Burberry’s complaint, which was filed in January, and didn’t show up in court when summoned. As such, the judge awarded Burberry a whopping $100 million by default. The judge also ordered that the sites’ domain names be transferred to Burberry, which will allow the company to shut down the entire counterfeiting network.
Burberry: 100,000,000; counterfeiters: 0.