Sprigman, Christopher. "Fashion Copyright, 'Corruption,' and the Unheard Consumer." Public Knowledge Blog. http://www.publicknowledge.org/node/1404. February 20, 2008.
Christopher Sprigman, author of the article, "The Piracy Paradox: Innovation and Intellectual Property in Fashion Design, wrote this blog, which elaborates on the common corruption of the intellectual property lawmaking process. More specifically, he argues that fashion is fueled by the copying. Yet the CFDA, which is run by a select few elite designers, is advocating a stronger IP for fashion designs. The problem though, is that the CFDA is only run by a small number of high-end designers, and the majority of the other designers have no say in this. Furthermore, the CFDA pursues similar goals as famous industries in Hollywood becuase they give a large amount of money to them. This is why there are so many Congressman in favor of a stronger fashion IP - not becuase it is the right thing to do, but because they are given money for it. Therefore, this blog focuses on the Congress aspect of fashion copyright.
Although this source is a blog, the author, who is also the author of another one of my very important sources, makes many good points about why certain individuals strive for a fashion copyright, even though it may not be the best decision. In particular, the author talks about the influence the CFDA receives from pursuing a stronger IP, although it does not represent most designers' views. Therefore, this blog will provide me with more reasons explaining why it is wrong to place a copyright on fashion. I will also be able to utilize many of Sprigman's statements in the blog to support my thesis.
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.