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How I Spent My Summer Vacation

Yesterday the U.S. House of Representatives took on the issue of fashion design and intellectual property, and your humble blogger was one of two witnesses invited to testify in favor of the bill.  (The other was menswear designer extraordinaire and CFDA board member Jeffrey Banks.)

Why in favor?  In shortest possible terms, because young designers are being hurt by the lack of protection under U.S. law, and because the bill calls for a very short, reasonable term of protection (3 years total, as opposed to the standard copyright term of life of the author plus 70 years). 

I have much more to tell you -- from legal analysis to my solution to the all-important question of what to wear to Congress -- so please check back in over the next couple of days.  In the meantime, the webcast is available here, and my 5-minute opening statement starts at approximately 35:30. 

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