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Why IDPPPA is going to KO the Business of Fashion

Posted in Design Piracy Prohibition Act (DPPA), Fashion Intellectual Property, The Business of Fashion

Apparel manufacturers.  I am worried about the Innovative Design Protection and Piracy Prevention Act ("IDPPPA") and so should you.  Do you know that last week WWD predicted a 10-15% rise in the wholesale price of fashion products for spring 2011? Or home sales are down 27% this year and unemployment remains about 9.5%? Or that cotton costs are up… Continue Reading

BREAKING NEWS: New Design Piracy Bill Introduced into Senate

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Well, we knew it was coming.  Today, Senator Charles Schumer introduced the Innovative Design Protection and Piracy Prevention Act, or Senate Bill S. 3728 (IDPPPA). While it seems that NY academics, the Council of Fashion Designers of America (CFDA) and the American Apparel and Footwear Association (AAFA) have signed off on this bill, I cannot find any indication that… Continue Reading

Johanna Blakley: Lessons from fashion’s free culture

Posted in Design Piracy Prohibition Act (DPPA), Fashion Intellectual Property, The Business of Fashion

I just saw this presentation tonight online that Johanna Blakley gave at the TED conference: Not sure if I embedded it correctly, so you may have to click here for the PDF or click here for it on You Tube.  Johanna oversees USC’s Ready to Share project. Anyone interested in Design Piracy or whether Fashion Should be Copyrighted… Continue Reading

Does the lack of Protection for Fashion Designs Increase Sales of Fashion Counterfeits?

Posted in Design Piracy Prohibition Act (DPPA), Fashion Intellectual Property, The Business of Fashion

To end counterfeit week, I challenge each of you to examine your own attitude towards purchasing counterfeit fashion products, like purses, shoes or watches. Earlier on this blog, guest author Biana Borukhovich, after recognizing views about the passage of the Design Piracy Prohibition Act ("DPPA") differ greatly from coast to coast, suggested that the difference could… Continue Reading

Fashion Loves Innovators: Destroying the Myth that Emerging Designers “need” the DPPA

Posted in Design Piracy Prohibition Act (DPPA), The Business of Fashion

Since the dawn of fashion, there have been those that have made a living from creating goods that look like, pay homage to, or are inspired by the original.  In today’s WSJ, Christina Binkley discuss the speed at which copies or "knock-offs" arrive in the marketplace.  Binkley’s explanation of why, is spot-on: The fashion world… Continue Reading

Los Angeles is Not a Fashion Congressional Caucus Priority

Posted in The Business of Fashion

Stop the (t-shirt printing) Presses! (I have always wanted to say that).   Los Angeles is once again (unjustly) relegated as the red-headed step-child of the United States’ Fashion Industry. WWD reports that the fashion industry now has its own "Caucus."  A bit of digging shows that the Congressional Apparel Manufacturing and Fashion Business Caucus was officially approved… Continue Reading

“LOOK:” Oscar Night Fashion and DPPA is Rising from the Dead

Posted in Design Piracy Prohibition Act (DPPA), Fashion Intellectual Property

The best part of the Oscars is the fashion.  While there were definitely some misses last night, and some boring entries, my favorite look was Sandra Bullock’s metallic Marchesa gown.  And for the record, she is one of my favorite actress ~ I am SO glad she won (Best Actress for The Blind Side in case you… Continue Reading

Design Piracy Protection Act Will Not Protect Trends

Posted in Fashion Intellectual Property

There is legislation pending before Congress, the Design Piracy Prohibition Act (DPPA), or H.R. 2196, that would allow designers to obtain copyright protection for their fashion designs for three years. Steven Kolb, Council of Fashion Designers of American (CFDA), one of the supporters of the bill claims that it is needed because: [p]irates steal American… Continue Reading