Counterfeit Smackdown! EBay Ordered To Pay $61 Million

Counterfeit Smackdown! EBay Ordered To Pay $61 Million

That headline is the good news. The bad news is the $61 million in damages ordered by a French court isn’t meant for regular shoppers who have been defrauded when shopping on eBay. Instead, it’s been awarded to LVMH Moët Hennessy Louis Vuitton, the French luxury goods company behind Louis Vuitton purses (among other fancy things, as you can see from their name). LVMH argued that “90 percent of the Louis Vuitton bags and Dior perfumes sold on eBay are fakes,” and that eBay profited off the sales without doing enough to stop them. EBay can appeal the decision, or simply click the “Pay It Now!” button.

"Microsoft Keeps Sending Us The French Version Of 'Mass Effect'"

"Microsoft Keeps Sending Us The French Version Of 'Mass Effect'"

Apple Will Most Likely Sell Unlocked iPhones In France

Apple Will Most Likely Sell Unlocked iPhones In France

Various sources are saying Apple has agreed to sell unlocked phones in France—because, well, French law says they have to—but our own Gizmodo says it’s only rumor at this point: “Apple told us that the piece was based solely off of reading French Law, not from statements by Orange or Apple.”

France Furthers Anti-iPod DRM Bill

Liberte, Egalite, no DRM? The French are voting on legislation that would restrict iTunes and its ilk from from limiting upon which devices the music can be played or how the songs can be shared. [Photo from recent student demonstrations outside the Sorbonne, just imagine the mattress represents a giant iPod and we’re good to go.]

Michelin Stars Predominately Awarded To Sleazy, Ingratiating Frogs

We really can’t add anything* to this exhaustive, informative and entertaining look at the Frog-leaning prejudice of the Michelin’s restaurant rating system over at the Accidental Hedonist. It’s just really, really good. To whet the appetite: