Knock-Offs: Another Type of Piracy?
Intellectual property is one of the fiercest battlegrounds in the web-enabled world, as record labels, movie studios, software developers, and fans of entertainment slug it out over business models, the concept of ownership, and sale vs. license. Meanwhile, another front has opened up in this conflict: knock-offs.
Those faux-Pradas and mock-Kate Spade bags found in market stalls 'round the globe are now undeer fire from the American Bar Association. The ABA is trying to settle upon a decision between resolutions to somehow protect fashion designers from the legions of knockoffs. Judging by the (lack of) success in battling media pirates, I don't like their chances.
The adopted resolution reads, in part: “Believing that there is sufficient need for greater intellectual property protection than is now available for fashion designs, [the group] supports, in principle, enactment of federal legislation to provide a new limited copyright-like...