Raustiala, Kal and Sprigman, Chris,The Piracy Paradox: Innovation and Intellectual Property in Fashion Design. Virginia Law Review, Vol. 92, p. 1687, 2006; UCLA School of Law Research Paper No. 06-04.
This paper is extremely informative in that it addresses both sides of fashion copyright, whereas most other papers point out only one side of the argument. Moreover, it explores the question of why other major industries have obtained and used powerful IP protections for their products, while the fashion industry is for the most part still ineffective yet very economically successful. First, the paper argues that there should be an effective copyright on fashion because it protects the designers' creativity. However, it also argues that a weak IP actually helps the fashion industry in its innovation. Specifically, the terms "induced obsolescence" and "anchoring" are mentioned to explain that copying is actually beneficial for the fashion industry and in fact promotes fashion.
I will be able to refer to this article a great deal when writing my own paper because it explains how the fashion industry’s piracy paradox works and explores how copying plays an important role in the fashion industry’s innovation cycle. It also gives an ample of amount of history about fashion copyright, which is very important for my paper. Finally, it will help me to support my thesis because it talks about both sides of the argument. Therefore, in my paper, I will be able to address both sides of the fashion copyright problem and give reliable information to support either side, although ultimately, I will acknowledge that there should not be a fashion copyright.