A US judge has ordered Internet giants Google and Facebook to ‘de-list' hundreds of fake websites selling counterfeit Chanel goods from their search engines.
Luxury lifestyle brand Chanel won a landmark court ruling, securing the legal right get more than 200 websites selling its counterfeit goods, which include perfumes, cloths and handbags, de-listed from search engines and social media platforms.
The ruling passed by the judge is an extremely broad one, asking every possible social media platform and search engine to remove these websites from the web, The Register reports (opens in new tab).
"De-indexed and/or removed from any search results pages of all Internet search engines including, but not limited to, Google, Bing, and Yahoo, and all social media websites including, but not limited to, Facebook, Google+, and Twitter," the ruling reads.
How the court plans to make sure that the ordered is followed is not clear, considering the broad nature of the ruling. Apart from getting the fake webistes de-listed from the web, Chanel has also secured a court order to seize privately owned domain names that sell counterfeit Chanel merchandise.
The domain names are to be seized by Chanel and then transferred hosting services provider GoDaddy, which will put court documents on the affected websites' landing page and hand over the domain names to the court.