Saturday, March 22, 2003

What Is Up With the French?

Firstview.com is not the only site to have run afoul of the French trademark and copyright laws. Louis Vuitton parent company, LVMH, forced French journalist Francois Dor to shut down his website www.oedipe.net after he posted an article about Louis Vuitton's signature brown and gold bag, "applying some sociological significance to its 'feces and urine colors' and the fact that 'it swings close to the buttocks.'" LVMH didn't like what he said, so it's "infringing" on their trademark.

Francois Dor e-mailed us this update: "The French court of Nanterre charged me a fine of 45.000 euros for that Louis Vuitton story of feces and urine. A huge an unjust fine. Bernadette Chirac, the wife of the French President Chirac, carries sometimes one of this famous Louis Vuitton's bag, of feces and urine colors. Which is probably the world's most famous luxury good article. Bernard Arnault, the owner of Louis Vuitton, and richest man of France, is close to the French politicians at a point to be a witness at the Nicolas Sarkozy's marriage -the minister of interior (police) and number 2 of the government."

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