Thursday, October 4, 2007

Don't Mess With DVF

CFDA President Diane von Furstenberg has gone to bat for the working designer! The fabulous DVF has been fighting for a new law that will prevent knockoff artists from stealing and peddling the creativity and hard work of today's designers. The bill is called the Design Piracy Prohibition Act and seeks to protect original, unique, individual designs that are specific for a period of three years from their registration with the U.S. Copyright Office.

Makes perfect sense to me. In fact, in this age of Napster, I've always wondered how it is we see design originals being hocked online just hours after appearing on the Red Carpet. I spoke to Steven Kolb over at the CFDA who had this to say:

"It is unbelievable to me that the morning after an awards show these thieves appear on morning television shows proudly promoting their red carpet copies and they can because it's legal. Why shouldn't designers have the same protection rights that are afforded other artists? There is protection for music, film, art and literature."

If DVF has her way, it would seem this law would not only encourage what retailers like Target, Kohl's and JCPenney have done already, hiring designers to create collections for their stores, but in the end will give better fashion at every price point. And besides lets face it, who's gonna be able to say no to the legendary DVF?

Give 'em hell Diane!


Anonymous said...

There is an article in the new yorker style issue all about this exact subject. It says that the copying is actually good for the designers in the end.

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