Adventures in Copyrights: Lanvin: Copy, Paste

We had on odd tip waiting in our inbox this morning and it went like this: "A store across from Ben Sherman at Spring and Mercer took one of Lanvin's
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We had on odd tip waiting in our inbox this morning and it went like this: "A store across from Ben Sherman at Spring and Mercer took one of Lanvin's
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We had on odd tip waiting in our inbox this morning and it went like this: "A store across from Ben Sherman at Spring and Mercer took one of Lanvin's drawings and put it on one of their hoodies. The funny part is that it still says Lanvin." We were confused and very curious, so we headed straight down to the medium-sized store, Unpomela. After several minutes of unsuccessful searching, we decided to consult the shopkeeper. We tried to explain to the sweet but confused girl how Lanvin is spelled and exactly who Alber Elbaz is. We thought we must have landed in an alternate universe. But then there it was, a funny looking tee with a very familiar drawing printed on the front; a drawing that is an exact replica of the image that appears on Lanvin's own new line of tees. But wait, what? How did this happen? Doesn't copyright infringement apply to frumpy, red hoodie-shirts? Does Alber know his face is smiling on the front of an imposter? And who copies Lanvin anyway? --AUDREY SMITH

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