Kelly from Proficiscamur posted this fascinating and informative video on her blog here: proficiscamur!: Fashion and Copyright Laws.
I found it a real eye opener which has turned my thinking on this subject on its head and so I've reposted. After my own musings on the ethics of copying in the fashion industry, I found this presentation extremely enlightening and comprehensive in its treatment of the issue. The speaker argues that the absence of copyright protection in the fashion industry has forced it to be more innovative and has actually allowed designers to elevate a utilitarian item (clothing) to a form of art. She beautifully explains how the culture of copying is a factor in establishing trends and contributes to the overall profitability of the industry by generating sales each season.
A staggering comparison is made of the gross sales achieved in high intellectual property businesses versus those with low intellectual property. The results are surprising to say the least! Worth watching if you've ever had a guilt trip about buying a designer rip-off!