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Swedish fashion giant Hennes & Maurtiz (H&M) has confirmed that it has sued Singapore-based retailer Shein for alleged copyright infringement in a Hong Kong court. Founded in 2008 in China, Shein has quickly grown into one of the largest online ‘fast-fashion’ retailers, offering a low priced alternative to well-known brands. H&M confirmed that it has issued proceedings against Shein and its Hong Kong-based affiliate Zoetop Business. A spokesperson for H&M said “We have an ongoing copyright infringement lawsuit towards Shein filed in Hong Kong,” and claimed “We believe that Shein in multiple cases has infringed on our designs.” In a submission to the court, H&M referenced “the striking resemblance between the products showing they must have been copied” as well as the “sheer scale of unauthorised substantial reproduction of the copyright works.” This follows three other separate lawsuits filed against Shein in the US just this month by independent designers, all of whom have alleged copyright infringement. If you have any questions on the above, please do not hesitate to contact the team at McDaniels Law on 0191 281 4000 or legal@mcdanielslaw.com. in: Case Law, Copyright, EU/International, Legal News, News

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