On the 15th of August, the Los Angeles Times published an editorial entitled Fashion copyrights cut creativity saying in part:
Trying to protect fashion designs from knockoffs would only harm the industry. There are at least three fundamental flaws with the proposal. First, it would enable designers to claim copyrights over styles and features they didn’t invent. There are only so many ways to design a T-shirt or a strapless dress, and chances are good that they’ve all been done already. Second, lawsuits would more likely target U.S. apparel makers than manufacturers in distant or undeveloped low-wage countries. Meanwhile, judges would become the arbiters of fashion innovations, deciding whether garments were sufficiently unique or excessively similar.
I wrote a letter to the editor in support of the editorial but it wasn’t published. I guess you have to be local. If you are, consider sending one. Include your address and phone number.
NPR’s Weekend Edition Sunday interviewed Steven Lindner, a faculty member at Parsons (audio). He agrees the legislation is unnecessary, unenforceable and potentially destructive.
You can keep watch on the status of Bill 2033 at Open Congress.
My previous analysis of the effect of this proposed legislation and a poll is here.