Today, we have a guest post from Biana Borukhovich, Law Student at Touro
In the U.S., views about whether the Design Piracy Prohibition Act should be passed differ greatly from coast to coast. On the West coast, attorneys in the fashion industry believe that the bill will run many companies out of business, which in result, will devastate our declining economy even more. Conversely, attorneys on the East coast think the passage of this bill is necessary to protect designers and to avoid loss of tax dollars.
Although both sides have legitimate arguments, what is the real reason behind these differing opinions?
Perhaps it’s the annual amount of counterfeiting that each coast incurs. For example, in December 2009, New York City officials confiscated over $1 million in “knockoff” designer handbags, watches, and wallets in Chinatown.
In addition, roughly ten buildings along New York City's Canal Street housing over thirty counterfeit operators were shutdown for illegal sale of counterfeit items. On the other hand, this year, only four storefronts near Fisherman’s Wharf in San Francisco were closed down due to counterfeiting.
Statistics show that there is a huge difference in the amount of counterfeiting that occurs from coast to coast. Therefore, I believe that it is a fair assumption that one community is more concerned over counterfeiting than the other, thereby giving rise to the major differences in opinion regarding the passage of the Design Piracy Prohibition Act.
Readers, what do you think? I look forward to your comments.