The Ethics of counterfeiting in the fashion industry: quality, credence and profit issues

Brian Hilton, Chong Ju Choi, Stephen Chen

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Abstract

One of the greatest problems facing luxury goods firms in a globalizing market is that of counterfeiting. The purpose of this paper is to analyze the different types of counterfeiting that take place in the fashion industry and the ethical issues raised. We argue that the problem partly lies in the industry itself. Copying of designs is endemic and condoned, which raises several ethical dilemmas in passing judgment on the practice of counterfeiting. We analyze the ethical issues in a number of different types of counterfeiting encountered in the fashion industry. We conclude with some observations on the general implications for ethics in intellectual property rights.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)345-354
Number of pages10
JournalJournal of business ethics
Volume55
Issue number4
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - 2004

Keywords

  • fashion
  • business ethics
  • marketing
  • counterfeiting

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