Copyright to Extend to Clothing Designs?

30 Mar ’06

The NYT covers the debate raging in the U.S. fashion industry over whether a 3 year period of copyright protection ought to be extended to clothing design.  Reasonable people can disagree, I suppose, but to my mind it is odd to see the fashion industry presented as a case of creativity suffering because of a lack of economic incentive.  From a layperson's perspective, there seems to be no outward indication that creativity is dysfuctional in the fashion industry – indeed, it seems instead to be bursting with innovation and creativity – perhaps because of the absence of copyright protection?

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