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):

 

 

We've got a live one, here: Chanel sues What About Yves over post-parodic shirt [UPDATE/DISCLOSURE]

Posted by Charles Colman

In this instance, I genuinely hate to say "I told you so" -- and I'm hoping that, in the end, I won't have to.

Vogue, following up on a post at The Fashion Law, reports that Chanel has sued What About Yves over this shirt:






The full Complaint initiating the suit is posted here.

 

Recall my essay, "Trademark Law and the Prickly Ambivalence of Post-Parodies," published by the University of Pennsylvania Law Review Online in August.  Here's my abstract:

Great news: Prof. Gary Watt's "Dress, Law and Naked Truth: A Cultural Study of Fashion and Form" is now open-access!

Posted by Charles Colman

One of the most provocative and valuable works of legal scholarship on dress, Gary Watt's Dress, Law and Naked Truth: A Cultural Study of Fashion and Form, is now available through a Creative Commons license:

 

 


I have uniformly positive things to say about this book -- for example:

 

"Professor Watt's book represents such a dramatic leap forward in legal thought about dress that it demands the recognition of a new category of scholarship. Dress, Law and Naked Truth presents an array of startlingly original ideas about the relationship between dress and the law. Happily, Watt's book manages to combine intellectual heft with beautifully crafted prose, making it not only a remarkable scholarly accomplishment, but also a joy to read."

 

"It's the most wonderful[ly busy] time of the year..."

Posted by Charles Colman

At some point, this writer and/or one of his sparkling new Of Counsel (bios for Yin Huang and Naveen Thomas here) will resume posting to this blog with regularity. But now is not the time, due to several speaking engagements at conferences and symposia taking place in the coming weeks -- and, of course, because of my teaching responsibilities at NYU Law. (Another crop of brilliant students this year, by the way!)

 

NEW ESSAY: "Trademark Law and the Prickly Ambivalence of Post-Parodies" (to be published in U. Pa. L. Rev. Online in August)

Posted by Charles Colman

The team behind LAW OF FASHION is on a sort of summer research sabbatical (hence the lack of posts over the past several weeks.)

 

But LOF had to resurface to bring you a new essay, "Trademark Law and the Prickly Ambivalence of Post-Parodies" (analyzing fashion designs of the sort pictured below), slated to be published by the University of Pennsylvania Law Review Online this August.  You can download the most recent working draft of the piece at the Social Science Research Network. Feedback always welcome!

 

 

 

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...