Sunday, August 29, 2010

Would More Regulation Really Benefit the Fashion Industry?

In his post "Some Competing Economics of Copyright and Fashion,"  Josh Wright points out that new legislation for copyrighting fashion designs seeks to protect designers against identical knock-offs. One of the main supporters of the new bill has been Diane Von Furstenberg, but in the post "Copycats: A Tale of Two Jackets," the case is made that her design team also relies on inspiration from other brands, and that it's not just Forever 21 and H & M that could find themselves in court as a result of these new rules.

In this video from, Johanna Blakely makes a very good case for why more regulation would lead to less creativity and innovation within the fashion industry:

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