Tuesday, November 27, 2007

Fashion Apparel Law

Fashion apparel has not been a major issue in my practice but I got to say I like Fashion Legal Issues from the Sheppard Mullin Law Firm and Faking It: What Designers Should Know About Piracy, Purse Parties, and Parking Lots touches on an interest of mine - copyright law.

"Piracy is not just a problem on the high seas or the internet: fashion designers have fallen victim, too. Current copyright laws protect only the artwork of a design, such as labels, logos, prints and embroidery. Leave off the label or change the logo slightly, and manufacturers and copy-cat designers have free reign to duplicate the cut, shape, style, and silhouette of an item of clothing or an accessory. This widespread practice of design piracy by popular retailers is legal…for now."