JonLiu · 11/20/07 02:10PM

A court in Paris has fined Sony BMG and MTV Online 80,000 euros and ordered them to stop broadcasting Britney Spears's 2005 video for "Do Somethin'." Why? Not because it is a horrible perversion of Pavement's Heaven Is A Truck nor even because watching it will erase instantaneously two years of higher education. No! Because "one shot shows fingers drumming on a dashboard covered with what looks like Vuitton's 'Cherry Blossoms' design: dark pink blossoms on a pale pink, weblike background, embossed with the 'LV' logo." One might think Louis Vuitton would be psyched, but he isn't, and he sued. Isn't world-famous, super-successful Britney actually giving Vuitton some free advertising by splashing its logo inside a music-video flying car? Um, no. "The ruling said the video constituted an 'attack' on Louis Vuitton's brands and its luxury image." Yikes.

Real or Fake: Counterfeit Crackdown Story Edition

Chris Mohney · 01/11/07 09:20AM

Imaginary Socialite claims that on Tuesday night, the NYPD raided a 23rd-Street counterfeit fashion ring, grabbing "over 25,000" fakes in "the largest counterfeit crackdown in New York history." Perhaps it's just the early-morning chill and pre-caffeine shakes, but we're not seeing this reported elsewhere. Thoughts?