H.R.2196 - Design Piracy Prohibition Act

To amend title 17, United States Code, to extend protection to fashion design, and for other purposes. view all titles (2)

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  • Short: Design Piracy Prohibition Act as introduced.
  • Official: To amend title 17, United States Code, to extend protection to fashion design, and for other purposes. as introduced.

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kathleenfasanella 03/10/2010 6:21am

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.

Zoe 09/27/2009 12:35pm

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

luckyp3616 02/12/2010 5:57pm

So now will we have to sign an EULA to wear our CLOTHES?!?!?

Mrs_B 06/18/2009 11:02pm

You gotta be kidding.

DarthTater 06/21/2009 1:22pm

And we pay these idiots to come up with this stuff???

VirginianPatriot1861 08/02/2009 2:41pm

What a waste of time. We have a country falling to pieces and they’re worried about someone ripping off bell bottoms? What the fuck is wrong with these idiots?

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