Return of the Design Piracy Prohibition Act

by Walter Olson on March 26, 2010

A very dubious idea — federal legislation aimed at copycat producers who “knock off” fashion and apparel designs — rears its head again. (guest posters Kal Raustiala and Chris Sprigman at N.Y. Times “Freakonomics”, earlier).

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1 Joe 03.26.10 at 1:16 pm

Think it will work this time?

2 Bill Poser 03.28.10 at 2:38 am

What makes people in the fashion industry think that what they do is important enough to warrant the creation of a monopoly? If the entire haute couture industry suddenly disappeared, how would society be harmed? It might even be beneficial in reducing the incidence of eating disorders among young women.

3 GregS 03.29.10 at 10:04 am

I think it’s bizarre that at a time when government respect for property rights for physical, tangible property like real estate, cars, and money is at an all-time low, that government is making such an obsessive-compulsive fetish out of intellectual property rights, extending them to every far-fetched thing under the sun.

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