Allegedly, “industry sources” have advised WWD that the House Judiciary subcommittee on Intellectual Property, Competition and the Internet has scheduled a hearing on a new bill based on the Innovative Design Protection and Piracy Prevention Act (“IDPPPA”) or the Destruction of Affordable Fashion Bill, as I call it.
Last time the House of Representatives considered the predecessor of IDPPA, or the Design Piracy Prohibition Act (“DPPA”) it had fashion industry experts come testify. UnsurprisinglyWWD’s industry sources declined to leak a witness list for the July 15, 2011 hearing.
And, just in case you forgot where we are on this ridiculous bill, in December 2010 during the lame duck session of Congress, the Senate Judiciary Committee unanimously approved IDPPPA. But, because the full Senate never voted on IDPPPA, it died and we all let out a collective sigh of relief.
Now, because we are in a new session of Congress, the legislation will have to be re-introduced in the House and Senate, pass both chambers and be signed by the President to become fashion law.
So unless you want to walk around in ugly and expensive clothes, let old white men in black robes decide whether two fashion designs are “substantially identical,” tie up your inventory, screw up your relationship with your factor and have to pay scary sums of money to lawyers, I urge you to take action.
Call, write, or email your congressman or senator and tell them to let this fashion faux pau die!
Otherwise, if you think the fashion business is tough now, just wait to you see what havoc Senator Schumer and his Council of Fashion Designers of American (CFDA) cohorts cause with IDPPPA and its spawn.
Shuddering at the thought.