KYLIE and Kendall Jenner have been accused of endorsing ‘knock-off’ Apple AirPods on Instagram.
BBC Click reported that dozens of high-profile influencers have been advertising the imitation earbuds, including the famous sisters.
Kylie and Kendall have around 322 million combined followers.
Apple has previously taken action against influencers it accused of promoting “knock-off” AirPods.
However, it’s not thought to be pursuing a case against the Jenner sisters.
The tech giant says that fake copies of its earphones infringe on its intellectual property rights.
The BBC reported that Kendall and Kylie declined to comment on its investigation.
It also claimed to find influencers promoting imitation Apple Watches.
The influencers were said to be promoting for anonymous sellers who ship the products directly from China.
All the products have different brand names but look very similar to Apple designs.
Under UK law, if the knockoffs look very similar to legitimate products then this is copyright and trademark infringement.
UK influencers are usually informed of consumer law if they are caught promoting the products but if they continue to do so formal action can be considered.
The people behind the ‘knock-offs’ are known as drop shippers because they don’t make or promote the products.
They just typically source them from Chinese marketplaces and then arrange delivery.
Kevin David, a drop shipper based in Miami, told BBC Click: “You can have a massive business without ever going to China.
“I’ve personally sent millions of dollars to China. I’ve gotten millions and millions of dollars of products and I’ve never even been to China.
“Those AirPods, some of my personal friends make hundreds of thousands a month selling those.”
Drop shipping is technically legal.
However, there have been reports of some drop-shippers not delivering products, suddenly shutting down websites or not giving refunds.
You should take care to research products you buy online and read the terms and conditions of the sale.
Apple has a section on its website where you can “report suspected counterfeit or knockoff Apple products, or other forms of suspected infringement of Apple intellectual property”.
In other news, Spotify now lets up to five users listen to their favourite tunes or podcasts simultaneously from anywhere in the world.
Apple is working on a new device that would use the bones in your head to vibrate music through your skull.
And, Google Pixel Buds earbuds translate foreign languages into English in your ears.
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