Senate Judiciary Committee Moves Forward On Fashion Copyright
from the protectionism dept
There's no actual justification for it. The purpose of copyright is to benefit the wider public by creating incentives for the creation of new works. Yet, the fashion industry is highly competitive and constantly churns out new and innovative works. In fact, the research into the fashion industry has shown that the industry thrives because of the lack of copyright. It allows much faster dissemination of ideas into the market place, including more choices at more prices, which is what helps create fads that drive sales. On top of that, it encourages designers to keep designing new works to get ahead of the next trend. There has not been a single study that has proven any actual "harm" from this lack of copyright -- just vague and misleading statements that pretend this bill is about stopping counterfeits, which are already illegal under trademark law.
So why is it moving forward? It's plain and simple: protectionism by the established players. If you look at the history of copyright expansion, you see the same story over and over again. A lack of copyright (or very weak copyrights) leads to much greater innovation in an industry... and then the leaders of that industry don't want to let new competitors in, so they seek greater and greater copyright protections. That's exactly what's happening here and the folks supporting it -- including the 19 Senators who voted to move the bill forward -- should be ashamed of themselves for simply kowtowing to industry protectionism.