Bill Seeks To Create Copyright Protection For Fashion

Law360, New York (April 18, 2006, 12:00 AM EDT) -- Legislation has been introduced on Capitol Hill that would provide new copyright protection to fashion designs, which some law makers believe are not sufficiently protected.

Representative Bob Goodlatte (R-VA) introduced the Design Piracy Prohibition Act in late March and has promoted the proposal as bipartisan legislation that would put the United States in line with most industrialized nations, which already provide legal protection for fashion designs.

The unusual bill seeks to protect the $350 billion clothing design industry with stiff damage awards for infringers and shorter...
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