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H.R.2196 Design Piracy Prohibition Act, 111th Congress

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  • Latest Action: Jun 12, 2009 Referred to the Subcommittee on Crime, Terrorism, and Homeland Security.

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  • 14% of users support H.R.2196

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    • This bill seeks to extend copyright protection to fashion designs of apparel and accessories, setting the term of protection at three years.

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    Supporting Organizations

    • The International Anti-counterfeiting Coalition

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    • Council of Fashion Designers of America

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    Opposing Organizations

    • American Apparel and Footwear Association

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    • On March 10, 2010, by kathleenfasanella - Zoe makes some good points but some clarifications are needed. First, it's already illegal to copy textile print designs. Piracy is also illegal. Rather than attempting to create new legislation, isn't it better to enforce the laws we already have? Zoe is also right about economic impact, altho not in the way she intended. If the DPPA passes, designers will be required to register their concepts for thousands of dollars. Fees may be about $200 each but costs will be much higher because IP attorneys (@$450 p/h) will have to do visual searches through a design database to prove originality. If a designer doesn't get paper, good luck finding a contractor to sew it for you, I don't want to go to prison. Neither will retailers who won't buy it w/o paper because they'll be on the hook for piracy. The economic impact of DPPA will cause 90% of the US apparel industry to go out of business. If DPPA passes, unemployed fashion designers are the least of our problems.

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      As noted by kathleenfasanella, a user on OpenCongress.org, on March 10, 2010, "Zoe makes some good points but some clarifications are needed. First, it's already illegal to copy textile print designs. Piracy is also illegal. Rather than attempting to create new legislation, isn't it better to enforce the laws we already have? Zoe is also right about economic impact, altho not in the way she intended. If the DPPA passes, designers will be required to register their concepts for thousands of dollars. Fees may be about $200 each but costs will be much higher because IP attorneys (@$450 p/h) will have to do visual searches through a design database to prove originality. If a designer doesn't get paper, good luck finding a contractor to sew it for you, I don't want to go to prison. Neither will retailers who won't buy it w/o paper because they'll be on the hook for piracy. The economic impact of DPPA will cause 90% of the US apparel industry to go out of business. If DPPA passes, unemployed fashion designers are the least of our problems. "
    • On September 27, 2009, by Zoe - Fashion designers are professionals who are highly trained artists. Many have gone through four years of school and have years of experience in their field to perfect their craft. To create a new and original design, a designer must determine the sihouette, the placement of seams for fit, function and aesthetic, the placement of details, the color, the fabric, the print of the fabric if any, the embroidery or beading if any, and lastly, the cost. These steps require a lot of thought to make a design popular and sellable to recoup the costs of the labor in creating the design. Often the copyists are sending designs to stores to buy pre-existing garments to copy line-for-line, and then they attach a new label that makes it ok under existing US law. In this way, these copy-companies cut out the need to hire creative designers, leaving newly educated designers jobless, which has an impact on the economy. I would urge you to do some research on this issue before deciding this bill is stupid

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      As noted by Zoe, a user on OpenCongress.org, on September 27, 2009, "Fashion designers are professionals who are highly trained artists. Many have gone through four years of school and have years of experience in their field to perfect their craft. To create a new and original design, a designer must determine the sihouette, the placement of seams for fit, function and aesthetic, the placement of details, the color, the fabric, the print of the fabric if any, the embroidery or beading if any, and lastly, the cost. These steps require a lot of thought to make a design popular and sellable to recoup the costs of the labor in creating the design. Often the copyists are sending designs to stores to buy pre-existing garments to copy line-for-line, and then they attach a new label that makes it ok under existing US law. In this way, these copy-companies cut out the need to hire creative designers, leaving newly educated designers jobless, which has an impact on the economy. I would urge you to do some research on this issue before deciding this bill is stupid"
    • On February 12, 2010, by luckyp3616 - So now will we have to sign an EULA to wear our CLOTHES?!?!?

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      As noted by luckyp3616, a user on OpenCongress.org, on February 12, 2010, "So now will we have to sign an EULA to wear our CLOTHES?!?!?"

    Highly Rated Blog Articles

    • H.R.2196: FREE Act - U.S. Congress - OpenCongress - June 14, 2011 by opencongress.org - Or, if you know of a news article about this bill to display here, email us the web address of this page and the web address of your suggested news article: Our editorial team will post relevant links as quickly as ...

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      As noted by opencongress.org on June 14, 2011, "Or, if you know of a news article about this bill to display here, email us the web address of this page and the web address of your suggested news article: Our editorial team will post relevant links as quickly as ..." (http://www.opencongress.org/bill/112-h2196/show)
    • Tiffany Key Rings sale and explains - December 27, 2010 by tiffanyrings11 - 1957 (2007) and Congresse most current attempt via HR 2196 (2009), all titled the Design Piracy Prohibition Act (), by examining the billse legislative histories and stated purposes. Intellectual property represents “creations of the ...

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      As noted by tiffanyrings11 on December 27, 2010, "1957 (2007) and Congresse most current attempt via HR 2196 (2009), all titled the Design Piracy Prohibition Act (), by examining the billse legislative histories and stated purposes. Intellectual property represents “creations of the ..." (http://tiffanyrings11.alchimagica.eu/tiffany-key-rings-sale-and-explains/)
    • While Tiffany Notes sale - December 27, 2010 by tiffanykeyrings - Unfortunately, the bill currently in Congress, HR 2196, went to committee months ago and has yet to see any further action. On May 12, 1913, the New York Times published a letter from Vivian Burnett, the editor of the Lace and ...

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      As noted by tiffanykeyrings on December 27, 2010, "Unfortunately, the bill currently in Congress, HR 2196, went to committee months ago and has yet to see any further action. On May 12, 1913, the New York Times published a letter from Vivian Burnett, the editor of the Lace and ..." (http://tiffanykeyrings.blogdetik.com/while-tiffany-notes-sale/)

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