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Nov14
Copyright Fashion and the Fashion Cycle: Thoughts and Dialogue
Over at The University of Chicago’s Faculty Blog there’s a great post titled “Is Fashion a Bad?” which offers some thoughts on the issue of copyright protection of fashion designs.  There are many good points and analysis made on this topic, but I’d like to bring to your attention a snippet:

“We could raise the level of IP protection for fashion. This would inhibit copying, which would disrupt the fashion cycle and slow it down. The industry would become less creative and less profitable. But society as a whole would benefit, because we'd all be a little less enslaved by current fashions.”
I think it would be ok for the fashion cycle to slow down, don’t you?  Sure, it may be bad for retailers who depend on those fashionistas coming into their store every week and perhaps it may affect the economy as a whole...However, perhaps this would keep more money in people’s pockets. 

But how would that induce a less creative industry?  If anything, this would challenge designers to be more creative and would see less of this cycle of fashion that is prevalent in our society.  Not that there is necessarily anything wrong with fashion coming back. (I do love vintage!)  However, I’m all for fashion moving forward - which hasn’t been happening. 

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