By// Mariah Craddick
Put that fake Louis Vuitton back where you found it! According to WWD, a new law proposal for New York will punish shoppers caught purchasing bootleg goods—fining them up to $1,000 or one year in jail.
It is currently not illegal to buy counterfeit merchandise though it is illegal to produce and distribute items with “an unauthorized logo or somehow alters the logo or trademark of a company.”
“As long as some consumers consider fakes fashionable, counterfeiters will make them available,” Susan Scafidi, director of the Fashion Law Institute at Fordham University School of Law told WWD. Similar laws are already in place in France and Italy.
While some fakes are totally distinguishable from their originators, what if you can’t tell the difference and accidentally purchase a counterfeit? Should jail time really be imposed for buying bootlegs?