Friday, March 4, 2011

Update: “If the shoe fits, they’ll copy it:” Copyright and Fashion

(Quote from Christopher Muther)

Finding budget-friendly versions of the runway clothing may soon become more difficult, if a new bill to copyright fashion is passed.

The Innovative Design Protection and Piracy Prevention Act will give designers exclusive rights to unique clothing, shoes, and accessories. The bar to qualify for protection is high to prevent frivolous lawsuits, but still provides added defense against knock-offs.

Senator Charles Schumer (D-NY) introduced legislation in August that would provide copyright protection to fashion designers. The bill will likely pass by mid-2011.