In light of the French ruling against eBay as a venue responsible for the sale of fake Hermes purses. I would be interested in hearing other's viewpoints on what they think would be morally right in a situation like this. I have always contended that inspired copies were never a problem -- after all, that is what fashion is all about. However, if the intent is to represent the original or dupe the buyer or seller into thinking they have a real Chanel/Gucci/Hermes etc. then the line has been crossed. However, should a venue be charged with selling such an item when they don't know? Should the law be applied to eBay? To an antique mall or Flea market owner? The Goodwill? The Bible Society Thrift Store that raises money for the eradication of leprosy? Where do you cross the line? Again, intent is where I draw the line. If I find a fake LV purse at the local thrift store for $2.00 I am not going to accuse them of selling a forgery. However, if I find that same purse at an antique mall with a $200.00 price tag on it and a note on the tag that says 'authentic', then I will bring that to the attention of the owner of the antique mall and suggest they pull it (which I have done). However, on a venue like eBay where there is a nebulous mid-ground of rules that don't always apply equally to all sellers and relies on fellow users to police others, how much do you hold them accountable for what their clients say and sell? Is the line perhaps between new and used? I find it amazing that Time's Square and the Lower East Side of Manhattan is littered with street vendors of brand new fake purses. I don't know if they are ever charged but I have seen cops walk right by these vendors who very carefully never say their merchandise is real. The intent of the manufacturer of these brand new forgeries is to fool buyers, even though an expert can quickly identify real from fake bags, an LV printed bag in the signature colours is too close the real thing to argue it is an inspired copy. I know its been said that buying such an item fuels terrorism, maybe it does and maybe it doesn't -- we aren't talking about the manufacture of these, which is in the Far East. Obviously it is the manufacture of these bags that should be controlled through stringent trade laws but this is not happening. So what say you? Where do you draw the line? SHould someone be punished who happens to buy and sell a used forgery or copy of a high end fashion bag? Should the venue (eBay, antique mall, thrift store) be held accountable? And where is the line between inspired copy and outright forgery? I would be interested in hearing what others have to say.