“Fashion Forward: Congress Considers Extending Copyright Protection to Fashion Designs,” Shannon V. McCue, Esq.

Congress appears ready to implement measures to protect fashion designs from piracy. Competing bills in Congress propose different approaches to the issue of protecting original fashion designs while allowing some level of imitation in the industry so that designer clothing and fashion trends will remain affordable to the general public. Fashion designers should be aware of the burdens placed on them to obtain protection and enforce their rights against infringers.