By Ethelyn J. Morris (artist). Priscilla Publishing Co., Boston, Mass. (publisher). [Public domain], via Wikimedia Commons
So you’re a clothing designer. You live to see your sketches come to life in fiber and fabric. Whether your work is posted on esty or walking down the runway there’s no better feeling than sharing your designs with the world. That is till they turn up on eBay for half the price from a seller you did not authorize to use your patterns. You want them to stop, but you’re not sure how or even if you can make them. Occasionally it may even be the other way around, where someone is claiming you stole their copyrighted work, but you were only selling a plain hat. How could anyone possibly own the idea of making a plain hat?
You’re collaborative, often working informally with a team of designers and distributors. Sometimes you draw up contracts as part of business, but sometimes you just focus on getting your clothing out the door. This may work out alright, until someone on your team leaves taking your design and uses it to create their own clothing. Or your distributor starts selling clothing made with your pattern without your permission. Clothing that you don’t profit or get credit from in any way. What's even protectable in clothing and fashion?
- Evaluating patterns to see if they have copyright protection.
- Counseling on user privacy, data aggregation, and trademark issues.
- Review and writing of contracts.
- Enforcement strategies for designs.
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