A general update, plus Lauren Moshi LLC v. Target Corp. et al., 2:13-CV-05859 (C.D. Cal.) (Complaint filed Aug. 12, 2013)
Sorry, it's a busy time for this writer: 1L Orientation at NYU Law starts tomorrow (and with it, my teaching obligations), client matters require my attention, I'm on the final stretch of Fashion and Copyright. But while this blog remains quiet, you'll find all the fashion law news fit to post within the confines of my schedule at the LAW OF FASHION LinkedIn group, as well as (some of) the latest legal jobs in fashion.
If you don't get your fill of fashion law updates on LinkedIn or through LAW OF FASHION's irregular-but-informative tweets, check out the recently filed Complaint embedded below and posted at Scribd. Here, we have a little copyright-infringement action against Target, Iconix, Mossimo, and Steve Madden helping to remind us that U.S. copyright law does play a part in fashion. (Better images of the works at issue than those reproduced in the Complaint are available at LAW OF FASHION's Pinterest page:
As I discuss at length in Fashion and Copyright, copyright protection's role in the American fashion industry is more idiosyncratic and, yes, more limited, than its role in music, for example, but that arguably makes it all the more important to understand the particular -- and often peculiar -- rules of the game when it comes to U.S. copyright protection and apparel, accessories, and related goods.
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