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Debate Rages Over IP Protection In Fashion Industry

Law360 (August 2, 2007, 12:00 AM EDT) -- The push for stronger intellectual property protection in the fashion industry has hit the courts, with two high-profile designers recently filing lawsuits against mass marketer Forever 21 Inc. Opponents of stronger IP protection, however, insist that stricter rules could crush the very lifeblood of the industry—creativity.

At the center of the latest debates over whether the fashion industry, which has historically been ineligible for certain copyrights, needs stronger IP protection is the Design Piracy Prohibition Act. Reintroduced into the U.S. House of Representatives in April and...
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