The Design Is Mine!
The future of fashion may never be the same. Legislators are attempting to regulate the industry through copyright protection, implementing fines and an onslaught of new cases to face the courts. Copyright is the protection given to authors and creators of original intellectual works. Currently, the United States has no regulation over fashion designs, only the trademarks and logos used by designers. As it stands, designs are free to be copied. The positive to this is the opportunity for consumers at all price points the chance own to couture looks. The negative is the saturation of a precious design created by one, and profited by all. The protection would like the States to European laws, which have protected fashion designs for a number of years.
Representative William Delahunt (D-MA) has reintroduced the Design Piracy
Prohibition Act (H.R. 2196), which extends copyright protection to fashion designs embodied in clothing and certain accessories, if certain conditions are met. If passed, the act would afford copyright protection to fashion designs embodied in, among other things, clothing, handbags, wallets, belts, footwear, headgear, and eyeglass frames.
What do you suggest the feds should do??