The Ethical Responsibilities of Luxury Companies and Consumers

Author: Haochen Sun, Barton Beebe & Madhavi Sunder (Eds.)

Published in The Luxury Economy and Intellectual Property: Critical Reflections, p. 225-247. New York, NY: Oxford University Press, 2015.

The book comprehensively explores the rise of the luxury goods economy and the growing role of intellectual property in creating, sustaining, and regulating this economy. Leading scholars across various disciplines critically consider the industry, its foundational intellectual property laws, and the public interest and social concerns arising from the intersection of economics and law. Topics covered include defining the concept of luxury, the social life of luxury goods, concerns about distributive justice in a world flooded by luxury goods and knockoffs, the globalization of luxury goods, and the economic, social, and political ramifications of the meteoric rise of the Asian luxury goods market.