That was quick!
Faster than a pirate can produce a knockoff, the Senate Judiciary Committee passed the design piracy bill on Wednesday, less than a week after it was reintroduced.
Under the re-worked Innovative Design Protection Act, "deliberate copies that are substantially identical to the protected designs" would have protection for three years, something designers have been lobbying for for some time.
Upon hearing the news, the bill's sponsor, Sen. Charles Schumer (D., N.Y.), said:
"The fashion industry is [a] pillar of New York’s economy, employing hundreds of thousands of people and contributing billions of dollars to our economy. However,Overseas competitors are making cheap, copycat knockoffs of our best creations.…My new fashion bill will provide intellectual property protections to America’s fashion designers, and now that it has passed out of the Judiciary Committee, we are one step closer to protecting the fashion industry right here in New York.”
Chief executive officer of the CFDA, Steven Kolb is very happy with the outcome of the IDPA and hopes it "passes the full Senate and then the House before the congressional session ends in January."
We hope it does too, but since Congress' schedule is cut short due to the November election, it may have to wait.
Hey, at least it's making some progress!
[Image via Flashpoint/WENN.]
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