Also: Senator wants to bring #copyright law to the runway – http://arstechnica.com/tech-policy/2012/10/scholar-argues-fashion-is-like-free-software/
Fashion designs aren’t eligible for copyright protection. If one designer’s work captures the imagination of consumers, other designers are free to slavishly copy it without getting permission or paying compensation.
Sen. Chuck Schumer (D-NY) is determined to change that. He represents New York City, home to some of the nation’s leading fashion houses. And he has introduced the latest iteration of an idea that has been floating around Congress since at least 2006: to extend copyright protection to clothing designs. Last month, the Innovative Design Protection Act (http://www.jdsupra.com/legalnews/design-protection-bill-sent-on-for-senat-46522/) was approved by a Senate Committee. To become law, it must be approved by the full Senate and the House of Representatives.
INTELLECTUAL PROPERTY / ARS DISCIPLINES – http://arstechnica.com/discipline/intellectual-property/
And: Innovative Design Protection Act Reintroduced – http://cfda.com/the-latest/innovative-design-protection-act-reintroduced
Johanna’s Twitter – https://twitter.com/Mojojohanna
- 6 talks about problems with patents (ted.com)