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The Luxury Economy and Intellectual PropertyCritical Reflections$
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Haochen Sun, Barton Beebe, and Madhavi Sunder

Print publication date: 2015

Print ISBN-13: 9780199335701

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: October 2015

DOI: 10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199335701.001.0001

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The Ethical Responsibilities of Luxury Companies and Consumers

The Ethical Responsibilities of Luxury Companies and Consumers

(p.225) 11 The Ethical Responsibilities of Luxury Companies and Consumers
The Luxury Economy and Intellectual Property

Haochen Sun

Oxford University Press

This chapter uses the stark contrast between the rich and the poor, as illustrated in the luxury goods industry, as a lens through which to see the existence of an ethical crisis in society. To tackle this crisis, the chapter argues for the creation of an “ethical responsibility initiative” and this requires luxury companies to take on an ethical responsibility to actively disseminate information on the plight of human life under absolute poverty. The chapter further examines how trademark law should be reformed to foster and promote the ethical responsibilities of luxury companies and consumers. Based on this proposal, the chapter shows how trademark law can play a better social role from the ethical responsibility perspective.

Keywords:   luxury goods industry, poverty, ethical crisis, ethical responsibility initiative, trademark law, social responsibility

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