A UK court has granted designer brands the right to sell on Facebook, a ruling that could see them selling their products in shops and other stores across the country.
The High Court in London ruled in favour of designer brands who sued Facebook in April last year for allowing them to sell their products on its platform without paying a licensing fee.
Designer brands had argued that the company should not allow them to make money off the ads they sell, saying it would only encourage them to start selling products elsewhere.
But the court said that in order for designer brands to profit from the ads, they had to have the right licences.
Designer Brands, which is based in Edinburgh, Scotland, argued that a licence was a fundamental requirement for a designer brand.
“The licence requirement is essential to ensure that a designer label or brand can continue to operate and flourish on Facebook,” it said.
“Designer labels can sell their wares on Facebook even if they have no business selling their ware to others.”
Facebook must not allow designer brands’ wares to be advertised on Facebook.
“Facebook declined to comment on the decision.