Fashion Design Protection
On Wednesday, the Senate Judiciary Committee approved the “Innovative Design Protection and Piracy Prohibition Act,” which provides a limited form of copyright protection to fashion designs. As I’ve said before and will keep saying until I’m blue in the face, this is a terrible proposal that would basically just line the pockets of a few New York fashion houses. (That’s why Senator Schumer keeps pushing this idea ever year.)
No matter what you think about the legislation, I would hope that we can all agree that it should not be hustled through Congress during a lame-duck session (probably as an amendment to some sacred cow that would not be vetoed or rejected by the House). We’ve survived somehow for two centuries without copyright protection for most clothing. Surely we can manage until next year.