Fa Fa Fa Fa Fashion (beep beep)

Luis Villa louie at ximian.com
Tue Sep 9 15:09:29 PDT 2003

It's been noted that people also still write cookbooks and run
restaurants despite the lack of copyright protection on recipes. The
congruencies are less than perfect, but it's not a bad example to at
least think about.


On Tue, 2003-09-09 at 14:02, Tom wrote:
> As seen on http://www.pleasant.blogspot.com/
>  From the Christian Science Monitor: http://www.csmonitor.com/2003/0909/p09s01-coop.htm
>  The music and film industries  continue to battle over the need to expand
> copyright protection, and to  limit sharing and reuse of prior work. The
> fashion industry, driven by  similar market interests, employs a modus
> operandi that accepts rather  than rejects derivation and appropriation as
> creative tools. [...] While  many people dismiss fashion as trivial and
> ephemeral, its economic  importance and cultural influence are enormous.
> US apparel sales alone  were $180 billion a few years ago, supporting an
> estimated 80,000 garment factories, and fashion is a major force in music,
> entertainment, and other  creative sectors. [...]
> The Hollywood studios  and major record labels  consider it self-evident
> and axiomatic that creativity must be strictly  controlled through
> copyright law, lest it be "stolen" and creators forced  out of business.
> It is a significant point that creators, especially  individual artists,
> need effective, reliable ways to be paid for their  work - and copyright
> offers one important vehicle. But the fashion  industry has a deeper faith
> in the power of creativity. Despite scant  legal protection, fashion
> businesses invest enormous sums in each new  season's creative cycle - and
> reap substantial profits year after year.  For virtually all players in
> fashion, some form of derivation,  recombination, imitation, revival of
> old styles, and outright knockoff is  the norm. Few denounce, let alone
> sue, the appropriator for "creative  theft." They're too busy trying to
> stay ahead of the competition through  the sheer power of their design and
> marketing prowess.
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