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Law of the Lipstick Jungle, Part 3

Mirabile dictu -- a TV show got the law right! 

As law students who thought their careers would play out like a television sitcom or even a John Grisham novel quickly realize, law in the world of fiction and law in the real world bear little relation to one another.  After all, how easy is it to dramatize document production or the rule against perpetuities?  Every now and then, however, a smart writer captures not only the spirit of the law but its letter -- as in this week's episode of Lipstick Jungle

Counterfeit Chic readers are aware that both the original novel and the TV series include a subplot in which fashion designer Victory Ford has her work copied.  The small screen version reaches a climax in episode 105 when Victory sees a group of her sketches (secretly appropriated by a former assistant) already produced and displayed on mannequins in a department store window -- under the label of one Ricardo Bragini.  When the distraught Victory calls on her posse for support the next morning, one blithely suggests calling a lawyer, only to be informed that U.S. copyright does not apply to fashion designs. 


Naturally, Victory isn't going to let a little thing like the law's refusal to stop the theft of fashion designs prevent her from confronting the guilty parties.  To watch the episode in its entirety, including a dramatically ripped dress and Bragini's villainously cool response to Victory, visit the Lipstick Jungle website.

Of course, the real star of the show -- the strapless, empire waist babydoll dress in question -- is probably too basic to qualify for protection even under a more advanced legal regime.  But don't tell the show's stylist.  A trade secret is a trade secret, after all. 

Related posts:  Law of the Lipstick Jungle and Law of the Lipstick Jungle, Part 2