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Fashion Designers Rejoice! Piracy Bill Brought Back To Congress!

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This is GREAT news!!!

On Monday, New York Sen. Charles Schumer, reintroduced a bill that would provide more copyright protection for designers' creations.

The Innovative Design Protection and Piracy Prevention Act was originally presented to Congress last year by Rep. Bob Goodlatte, but very little progress has been made after its two biggest proponents, the American Apparel & Footwear Association and the CFDA, had to come up with a different approach.

However, now that Schumer got the ball running this week, hope has returned to the industry!

Currently copyright protection doesn't apply to apparel, but under the Senator's modified bill, designs that are frequently knocked off would be protected for three years, as would designs that aren't registered.

CFDA CEO, Steven Kolb, said the reintroduction couldn't have happened at a better time now that New York Fashion Week is well underway. He also praised Schumer's actions, especially since he's from New York City, one of the fashion capitals of the world.

Kold added:

"It is an important moment in American fashion. The idea that fashion isn’t protected is unique to this country, when you look at the type of protection that exists elsewhere. It is a bill [whose] time has come and one that has been carefully adapted and worked through so that it’s good for every stakeholder and every piece of the industry. This bill is about the protection not only of designers, but also about creativity and the security of jobs…”

And Kolb isn't alone!

CFDA president Diane von Furstenberg, Proenza Schouler’s Jack McCollough and Lazaro Hernandez, Narciso Rodriguez, and Jason Wu have all been pushing for the legislation from the get-go, and are doing everything they can to get it passed.

Unfortunately, this isn't something that's going to happen over night or even this year since Congress' current session is cut short due to the November election.

Let's hope our fabulous designers get their legislation passed because there's nothing worse than bootleg items and knockoff artists!!!

Thoughts?!?

[Image via Andres Otero/WENN.]

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