They say, “That Forever 21 and its peers copy or take “inspiration” from” designer clothing is no secret. But no laws exist to prevent this from happening…The CFDA has been pushing Congress to pass the Design Piracy and Prohibition Act to protect the basic design of clothes. Critics say the act would stifle competition and commerce in the apparel industry. Indeed, the act could cause an onslaught of lawsuits among labels accusing one another of illegally copying their clothes. Designers copy “or take “inspiration” from” each other all the time. If the suit brings about a change in regulations, the quality of goods in fast-fashion chains could suffer greatly, which would be a bad thing for broke people like us.”
I do believe in protecting designers who spend their time and talent creating flawless products. But something about not being able to buy a pair of Balenciaga like boots for $44 (for example), seems a bit sad, no?
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