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Analysis of The Design Piracy Prohibition Act (H.R. 2033/S. 1957); Introduced in the 109th Congress

The Design Piracy Prohibition Act H.R. 2033/S. 1957 There is a bill pending in Congress that would extend a form of copyright protection (as discussed below) to fashion design. [1] LexisNexis wishes to engage interested members of the legal community to ascertain: (1) whether design protection...

CRS Report - Copyright Protection for Fashion Design: A Legal Analysis of Legislative Proposals in the 111th Congress

Authored by the Congressional Research Service : Summary Fashion design does not currently receive explicit protection under U.S. copyright law. Limited avenues for protection of certain types of apparel designs can be found through trademark and patent law, though proponents of copyright protection...

Intellectual Property Protection for Fashion Designs

So far, the U.S. laws offer little IP protection to fashion designers. As a result, fashion designs are copied freely by many. The U.S. copyright law does not extend protection to the overall design of clothing (the "useful" articles are not protected). There is a limited exception...