Rosemary Mac Cabe

Hemlines, heels and haute couture – your daily dose

Boohoo.com launches its version of Isabel Marant’s Bekket: inspiration or copyright infringement?

One of these pairs of wedge trainers is designed by Isabel Marant, costs more than €500 and is impossible to find anywhere (unless you’re willing to spend €1,000 on eBay). The other pair is by Boohoo.com, the discount etailer with the …

Fri, Jun 15, 2012, 16:33

   

One of these pairs of wedge trainers is designed by Isabel Marant, costs more than €500 and is impossible to find anywhere (unless you’re willing to spend €1,000 on eBay). The other pair is by Boohoo.com, the discount etailer with the most irritating television ads known to man (but which does, to be fair, produce some lovely pieces).

On the eve of Christian Louboutin’s failed attempt to sue Zara in France for producing shoes that infringed its “trademark” red sole – so are we to believe that copyright infringement isn’t that big a deal any more, or is it still wrong? Can high-street copies ever be justified? When does inspiration move into regular copying? (Melanie Rickey did a post on this a few weeks ago – as with all of these questions, they raise more than they answer, but it’s still a viable, interesting topic.)

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