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France Has Counterfeit Luxury Goods Sold Online in Its Crosshairs

France has intensified the fight to protect its luxury sector, unveiling a charter that aims to stanch the online flow of fake Louis Vuitton bags, Chanel sunglasses and Dior watches by stepping up cooperation between the brands and the country's e-commerce Web sites.

The charter is part of a wider French effort to regulate the Web and protect intellectual property. Lawmakers here recently passed legislation that would cut people caught illegally downloading movies and music off from the internet, and authorities are debating how to best respond to Google Book's request to digitize French libraries' collections.

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France has intensified the fight to protect its luxury sector, unveiling a charter that aims to stanch the online flow of fake Louis Vuitton bags, Chanel sunglasses and Dior watches by stepping up cooperation between the brands and the country's e-commerce Web sites.

The charter is part of a wider French effort to regulate the Web and protect intellectual property. Lawmakers here recently passed legislation that would cut people caught illegally downloading movies and music off from the internet, and authorities are debating how to best respond to Google Book's request to digitize French libraries' collections.

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