Cartier sues for copyright and design-patent infringement (and this shouldn't surprise anyone who's been reading this blog...)

Posted by Charles Colman

See, I keep telling you about the existence of copyright protection (or copyright pitfalls, depending on your perspective) in the fashion-design context, even under U.S. law.  In fact, the history and principles of American copyright-for-fashion are so messy idiosyncratic that my discussion of the subject will require a series of five articles, to be published in consecutive issues of the Harvard Journal of Sports and Entertainment Law, starting this summer.

Chanel, fashion house, forces Chanel Jones, hairstylist, to settle by signing away rights to basically all public uses of name

Posted by Charles Colman

"Consent judgments" (a/k/a "consent decrees") are very, very dangerous -- especially when wielded by a powerful corporation against a pro se defendant.  The defendant in this case probably could have used some help, not only in drafting her (sort of heartbreaking) "Answer" to plaintiff's Complaint, but in negotiating more reasonable terms for the settlement agreement embodied in the Consent Judgment embedded below -- which, in its current form, essentially prevents her from using her name in commerce in any way, ever, under penalty of contempt of court, among other possible penalties.

By the way, consent decrees are probably unconstitutional.  Just sayin'.

Interview for Washington Square News (NYU student newspaper) article, "Fashion, lawsuits an unexpected pair"

Posted by Charles Colman

Washington Square News, NYU's Independent Student Newspaper, has published an article, "Fashion, lawsuits unexpected pair," in its November 5, 2014, issue.  In the piece, staff reporter Sam Del Rowe interviews Barbara Kolsun (Stuart Weitzman GC, NYU adjunct prof, and co-editor (with FIT professor Guillermo Jimenez) of Fashion Law: A Guide for Designers, Fashion Executives, and Attorneys -- to which I contributed a chapter on copyright law) about the current lay of the land.


Del Rowe goes on to ask this writer, one Charles Colman, about his views on life, law, and the pursuit of unlawful monopolies.  He selects a portion of my answers to his questions, but -- for anyone who is interested -- I've copied my unedited responses to Del Rowe below (hyperlinks added):



How to become a fashion lawyer, Part 2: My career path, which might be of no help at all

Posted by Charles Colman

A Polish law student, Anna Radke, asked me some questions a while back; the interview was recently posted online, but my answers appeared in Polish.  Because Google Translate utterly butchered my responses, I decided to post a revised/supplemented version of the original Q&A here...

How did you begin your career? I'd love to hear about your educational background, training, internships, work experience, etc.

Highly anticipated second edition of "Fashion Law" book released, with chapter on copyright law by Charles Colman

Posted by Charles Colman

Available on Amazon as of today (where you can flip through selected pages -- screenshot of one of mine, below.)  More info on the revised edition available on the publisher's website.



The intro to my chapter...