From Slate (via Marginal Revolution) comes word that the obsession with protecting fashion ideas has become more absurd. Everybody copies everybody eventually. What is the proposed life span of a protected design anyway? Interest in the unique elements of the design will fade long before the protection of it will. At this rate, if you can’t afford (or like) “original” fashion, you’ll be stuck with jeans and tee shirts forever.
The Council of Fashion Designers of America is meeting with members of Congress tomorrow to gather support for a bill to offer copyrightlike protection to clothing designs. While European Union law already contains similar provisions, the CFDA proposal would be a substantial change to the existing American framework. The proposed bill would, for the first time, prevent anyone from copying an original clothing design in the United States and give designers the exclusive right to make, import, distribute, and sell clothes based on their designs.
I’d like to see how they plan on enforcing it.