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Why this Gucci knockoff is totally legal

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Knockoffs are everywhere in fashion. So is the controversy they inspire. Subscribe to our channel! http://goo.gl/0bsAjO Allbirds says Steve Madden copied their sneakers. Gucci says Forever 21 ripped off their green-red-green stripes. Adidas says Zara knocked off their Yeezys. In the Constitution, Congress has the power to stop copying by giving authors and inventors “the exclusive right to their respective writings and discoveries.” But there’s a catch. These protections must “promote the progress” of creative industries. Conventional wisdom holds that copying kills innovation and hurts industry progress. But within the fashion industry, experts like New York University law professor Christopher Sprigman say the ease of copying is actually good for creativity. Vox.com is a news website that helps you cut through the noise and understand what's really driving the events in the headlines. Check out http://www.vox.com. Watch our full video catalog: http://goo.gl/IZONyE Follow Vox on Facebook: http://goo.gl/U2g06o Or Twitter: http://goo.gl/XFrZ5H
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Ean Dogonski (23 hours ago)
Really a cardi b song🤢
Ean Dogonski (23 hours ago)
It's all garbage
Bound4Earth (3 days ago)
You don't own the rights to that shoe, Gucci should copyright strike your channel for this video. Sounds dumb right? Maybe you should reconsider your recent ignorant actions.
Damn Daniel (6 days ago)
It has nothing to do with the subject but i think that this girl is very pretty
Deebo (14 days ago)
The real question is: Is a Nat Portman knockoff legal?
moli1623 (15 days ago)
Fudge no! Fashion copy right? I'm not "#_$& paying 10,000$ for a " kind" of shoes BC it's copy write now
Chris Kim (15 days ago)
One sensible man said 'Trend is overrated'. Tbh just buy books by photographer & blogger the sartorialist, and get inspiration from it and play fashion with your own taste. If it's not about extreme futurist stuff or disco style like the 80s, this book has some serious top notch styles. Also, the chunky hiking shoe lookalikes that are hyped thesedays are basically what fine art school students have been wearing for decades already.
Corrie Jo (17 days ago)
I have those but they’re faux suede. $12 and I’ve been wearing them off and on for a couple months. Not the best but not the worst
oh yeah yeah (18 days ago)
Jordans are out. Shaqs are in
fionaishiar (20 days ago)
Ph HyeacHy
I’m being serious here that I’d rather crocs than Gucci shoes
B.M.F F (25 days ago)
Issa a win fo Soulja boy
Joseph Arch (27 days ago)
Do the original Artis think that they will sell more if they cant afford the real deal dont mean they would buy it if they did not have know offs around
JasmineSkyy (29 days ago)
Luxury houses should sell knockoffs. Produce a fast fashion brand and sell the knockoffs before the competition. Or just buy up Zara, F21 and UO.
Raigou (30 days ago)
most luxury products are knockoffs themselves.
Kier Ann (1 month ago)
That's the reason why China is getting rich and getting aggressive in many ways.
kartik (1 month ago)
Why am i watching this... Even i am not from america
Sydonia (1 month ago)
Post a link you Coward
Bacon Williams (1 month ago)
Off-topic: She is so damn beautiful.
The issue with knockoff is not for the big brands like GUCCI, it is for small design brands that are copyed by mainstream like ZARA.
Javi Garcia (1 month ago)
Wow very informative
Iftekhar Ahmed (1 month ago)
honestly these brands aren’t even worth it , it’s tailored for the wealthy , we need clean hearts and food
Im Kory (1 month ago)
At first i thought the thumbnail is about a cat in a shoe 😂
Jan J (1 month ago)
afrg (1 month ago)
I think you should eat more.
M Yasin T (1 month ago)
Being original is not about being unique; the true original is the inimitable.
Nazmus Sadat (1 month ago)
Now I'm confused. Should I really become a fashion designer? Does the world even need me?
howsway (1 month ago)
Danny from PAQ
sandra sofia (1 month ago)
It's unoriginal but that's the point of trends
chubiisio (1 month ago)
I have bought the same, EXACTLY THE SAME DESIGN for years at this little shoe store for gentlemen in my little Chilean town. This design not new by any mean.
Char10tti3 (1 month ago)
I agree with some of these points. Fashion wouldn’t exist without knockoffs and people changing and creating different things. Fashion doesn’t just happen, people take what they want and people can copy style become popular too.
L U M A T I C (1 month ago)
Many people are looking at this from the perspective of the "poor". Did no one realize that independent designers, those who are not famous _at all_ often see their designs stolen by those who are more famous, and can't do anything against it? I think fashion should too have certain copyright proprieties, designers create something but can't protect such thing. The whole It wouldn't be fair for those who can't afford high brands statement has no logic. I can't afford a Picasso painting, yet I wouldn't buy knock offs?
Tima Aldoseri (1 month ago)
Another word if knockoff (Zara)
It's like the great value brand at Walmart ....
Candido Maisonave (1 month ago)
so interesting!
Máté Gautier (2 months ago)
Modern day fashion looks garbage, change my mind.
Tomayonaise (2 months ago)
Who cares? Fast fashion doesn’t deserve protection.
Iconic Haydn (2 months ago)
who else thinks knockoff gucci is actually good.
Gabrielle (2 months ago)
If you pay this much for shoes ($1000+), you are a complete moron.
lavender Flower (2 months ago)
In a nutshel they want YOU to buy the ORGINAL for 1, 000 USD Then buy the FAKE for 100 USD
Ummu Khalisah (2 months ago)
Am I the only one who thinks the shoe is.....ugly......?
Peiman Moghimi (2 months ago)
we already have way too much restriction around copyright, and i dont think gucci is really in need of more money
Patrick Merkel (2 months ago)
Why is the real one legal? They charge ridiculous amounts of money for things that arguably don't even look good.
Zach Klieman (2 months ago)
Fashion is not art if it is only about excessive amounts of money like Gucci and other brands are.
Jack Noone's Tunes (2 months ago)
The thing is, I cant afford Gucci loafers but I like the style. In the absence of knockoffs, I wouldnt buy the real deal I would just go without. Knockoffs dont create competition.
The Daydream Engine (2 months ago)
Copying is in our DNA ... literally! It's how we learn and develop new ideas, music, language, technology, ect. There is nothing new under sun, only remixes. If anything, we need to dial back copyright and trademarks laws drastically. Patents are the only form of IP that are not grossly unfair to innovation because of their 20 year limit.
Nicky Nada (2 months ago)
Copying is in our DNA ... literally! It's how we learn and develop new ideas, music, language, technology, ect. There is nothing new under sun, only remixes. If anything, we need to dial back copyright and trademarks laws drastically. Patents are the only form of IP that are not grossly unfair to innovation because of their 20 year limit.
MsSunhappy (2 months ago)
lol gucci is luxury? real rich people buy from designers that no one even know their name that only produce 10 articles per year.
LGTH (2 months ago)
shes hot
OldTimeGamerChannel (2 months ago)
So if there were copyright on shapes, shouldn't then be just only one manufacturer in the world who make regular T-shirts?
Asher Elric (2 months ago)
it's not knock offs; it's competition. the designers can't take the idea that there's always gonna be competition. and also, a shoe with three straps isn't special. it's silly. who needs three straps to keep their shoes on???
Night Storm (2 months ago)
If you watch Collin Abroadcast videos you will see him travel the world to visit knockoff markets. https://www.youtube.com/user/CollinRocka
Ayeye Brazorf (3 months ago)
"Fashion" it's amongst the biggest lows of humanity.
SiLdenafil Hicks (3 months ago)
I have no sympathy for people selling overpriced clothes and for whom it’s ok to copy each other to drive trends and sell clothes that no one even knew they wanted. Everyone was selling sock trainers out of nowhere recently (well Rick Owens was doing it years ago but I digress...). This is not a coincidence. Notice how they NEVER come for each other, only the people who make it accessible to the masses and don’t have the same clout? Elitism at its finest.
frank maybury (3 months ago)
Oh those poor designers how will they get by. Clearly they are those who suffer the most in this industry?
bmbc1310 (3 months ago)
American copyright laws are dumb and regressive. Good work takes ages to hit the public domain. And it's not just music or movies but also drug patents. That fashion bro in the congressional testimony needs to stop whining. This notion that a poor person who wants a nice pair of shoes would ever buy Gucci is a dumb notion. Similarly, the the notion that the 1% would buy knockoffs is also a dumb notion. Everyone is doing well. Rich ppl buy luxury goods to show off to their friends. Poor ppl are buying cheap knockoffs they can afford. Everyone is making a profit. Stop complaining.
Magical Wizard (3 months ago)
its stupid when there stuff doesn't make sale they burn it instead of selling it at a bargain price.
Rasputin Varez (3 months ago)
won't somebody think of the multibilliondollar mega-corporation!!?!
Rosmery Gonzalez (3 months ago)
V42 (3 months ago)
Only poor people buy gucci and louis vuitton. Seriously.
ria75002 (3 months ago)
These fashion giants have no complaints when they steal designs from smaller indie high end brands. Just sayin.
Pigeon Cabello (3 months ago)
Don't really care. Just look at my wallet XD.
Nirbhay Sen (3 months ago)
Rich/powerful people/countries imitate = inspiration. Poorer/less powerful people/countries imitate = piracy/copying/theft. Pharmaceutical companies patent indigenous materials that have been used for hundreds/thousands of years = smart business. Third world governments protect generic medicine companies to be able to save lives of poor people (because the original medicines cost thousands of dollars per patient) = theft that destroys innovation (even though those markets don't constitute 1% of the market where the original drug would be sold). BTW amazing/expensive innovation = monitoring universities funded with public money and then just swooping in on the research. Disney rips off everything it can find to become famous, then changes copyright laws so that none of it's creations ever enter the commons/public space, killing all the new creative flowering that would have happened... sorry I mean protecting it's hard earned (100% original: Beauty and the Beast, Alladin, Rapunzel, Snow White and the 7 Dwarfs etc. etc. etc.) work. "Countries with strong copyright laws have higher GDP." HAHAHAHAHAHA!!! ROFL ROFL ROFL!!!! That's the laziest correlating ever! Those countries were already the richest countries in the world. They all copied right left and centre from each other, slingshotting all of them to new heights, and when they got there, they suddenly were enlightened with new morals which showed them how terrible copying was and made sure no one else could ever do it, enacted new laws which they never had to face when they were growing. Of course IP "theft" causes problems, of course it can seem unfair and some people get screwed. But the argument should always veer on the side of protecting freedom to innovate on existing things, not on protecting IP. If you start from that viewpoint then you can look into copyright protection to try and reward "creators". But if you start from the other side you get the distorted crap field we have today. Where people in power legalise their form of copying and outlaw those of the less fortunate. And if you don't like politics, then just take an easier to stomach case: Jack Kirby was sued by Marvel for using his own creations. And if you think that that's fine and that Jack Kirby was a fool who deserved what he got, then ask yourself this: would you rather have comics made by artistic geniuses, or ones made by shrewd businessmen? In the end it was Marvel and Stan Lee that benefitted from what was hugely Jack Kirby's talent. What a wonderful world!
Adyasha Rout (3 months ago)
I will wear cheap clothes then....😂
moody nymph (3 months ago)
This is why I feel bad for new, up and coming designers because larger labels get away with copying their ideas and collections and rehashing it into their own. Most recent example would be Moschino's Jeremy Scott copying the designs of lesser known designer, Edda Gimes in their newest collection. I would like to see some type of legal consequences in situations like these, because it is very common in the industry.
Richard Larson (3 months ago)
3:28 - Yes. A correlation. Not a causation. See those dots that aren't on the line?
Dav.K 2000 (3 months ago)
why would u flex on something u cant afford, why dont u just work harder to afford what u want?
Tim Cuffman (3 months ago)
The concern shouldn't be about Gucci being knocked off by a cheaper brand—in such a case, Gucci will be fine. The concern should be about companies like Gucci knocking off cheaper or smaller brands—like Steve Madden knocking off Allbirds.
Amanda Scott (3 months ago)
Without knock offs, fashion for the every day man wouldn't exist
Canadian _Oreo4 (3 months ago)
Gucci gang Gucci gang
Emely Hernandez (3 months ago)
She lying in the beginning for liking the shoe 😂😂
SwetPotato (3 months ago)
Mr. Songib (3 months ago)
who care just copy and make something else. it's good. but with quallity not just look.
wolfsmaul-GER (3 months ago)
my opinion is that usefull things cant have copyright too, like an example: a survival knife cant have copyright even if other companies put blades into handles too
Prince Vegeta (4 months ago)
wearing those shoes should be illegal
regular Joe (4 months ago)
The host is so cute and Hot at the same time, it's confusing my groin and head 😋😍
You Played Yourself (4 months ago)
If you want protection use condoms
everythingapplepro headasssss
Justmyopinionlol (4 months ago)
I remember a time when the French stole Chinese designs and call it Chinoiserie. This is Gucciserie in China. Funny thing is that it´s mostly wealthy Chinese who still pay ridiculous price for these luxury goods.
Ayman Arabi (4 months ago)
For the last month this video has been in my Recommended, and for some reason I've been reading the title as "Why these Gucci knockoffs are totally ILLEGAL". And I'm like...knockoffs are supposed to be illegal.
Prime No. 6 (4 months ago)
Lowkey the most unnecessary Vox video
Malakai Brown (4 months ago)
And nobody talks about soap shoes
jason dads (4 months ago)
if you can barely tell the difference between a $1000 pair of shoes from a $50 pair, it deserves to be knocked off a far as i'm concerned. no sympathy for the industry or the stores that sell them as it is not uncommon for the stores them selves to mark the up by over 1000%
gendalfff (4 months ago)
correlation is not causation, the numbers need to be relative, not raw, for example relative to the total number of patents in each country
Velda F (4 months ago)
It urks me when people hold the bottom of the shoe, nasty.
Thor Andersen (4 months ago)
who is she? gorgeous, cant afford the fury shoes for her tho :( that might have been my only chance
Ming HUANG (4 months ago)
The high end and streetwear industry is literally an absolute joke
Jack Lyons (4 months ago)
Homegirl look like natalie Portman
Rahel Alexandra (4 months ago)
I'd never buy high brands knockoffs
TheJAGOMES03 (4 months ago)
Grzegorz Rutkowski (4 months ago)
They might have been legal but it's a shame to wear them
redrick (4 months ago)
A video made by the Bourgeois, for the Bourgeois and their deluded wannabe slaves.
John Cavalier (4 months ago)
Jesslyn Liu (4 months ago)
i think everyone is missing the point here, "FAST FASHION" industries creates a FASTER cycle in fashion trends, and has a huge impact on clothing waste and unethical production of clothing by factories THAT COPY these designers. expensive designer brands most often uses high quality materials & even hand made manufacturing to ensure long lasting products, so its okay if you pay more for ONE ITEM THAT LAST LONGER. people now days just want to look cool and trendy without the consideration of wether the item bought will be used after a few months or even weeks of purchase.
Griffin F (4 months ago)
Who cares?
Mike Moore (4 months ago)
You’re not paying for the looks you’re paying for the name mostly
Sarah Johannsen (4 months ago)
Interestingly, sewing patterns ARE copyrighted but purchase of the pattern includes use of it.
micro love (4 months ago)
This is funny because the presenter is a Natalie Portman knock off
Yahir Martínez (4 months ago)
Mike H (4 months ago)
The video seems to imply that strong intellectual property laws lead to a country getting richer (3:27). It's closer to the opposite of this: countries with a high GDP are heavily influenced by big companies, which lobby their governments to pass restrictive IP laws. This has the consequence of there being less creative and useful products based on other people's work (ranging from fan fiction to access to Epipens).

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