Archive for the ‘Fabric and the Law’ Category

TED Talk: Lessons on Fashion’s Free Culture

A little video for your Sunday – Johanna Blakely, managing director and director of research at USC’s Norman Lear Center, giving a TED Talk about how the fashion industry benefits from the lack of copyright protection. I thought this would be of interest to readers, though keep in mind that textile prints are subject to [...]

A Fair Use Exercise.

I have been watching the now-settled legal battle between Emily Cier / C&T and Kate Spain like a hawk. C&T is also my publisher, Emily could just as easily have been me. And still could be. For my book, I credited the designer and manufacturer when known and gained permission to use most of the [...]

Not-Japanese Fabric of the Week: Fakes!

{ What’s in a selvedge? (How to spot the fakes on etsy) by rastis100 on Flickr; used with permission. } I interrupt this regular column to alert you to a problem that has recently come to my attention: counterfeit Japanese fabric. I found out about this when I inadvertently posted a ripoff print in this [...]

Kokka/Helen Dardik Update

I knew the alleged Kokka copying of a Helen Dardik design had to be a fluke — Kokka has a great reputation for integrity, and they have an abundance of original, insanely talented, and forward-thinking designers. Copying is just way, way below them. I received a copy of an email exchange with Kokka from a [...]

What is UP with all the Copying Lately?

Tula Pink copied by unknown Wal-Mart supplier Very Denyse-Schmidt-Flea-Market-Fancy-looking but not Denyse-Schmidt-sanctioned tights at Anthropologie, via Film in the Fridge This Kokka print is extremely derivative of a Helen Dardik design. And, I just happen to be working on a post about low-quality ripoffs of Kokka prints. There are always more players in the supply [...]

Westminster Fabrics Adopting Minimum Advertised Pricing Policy

Retail shop owners recently received a letter from Westminster Fabrics informing them of a new policy that will take effect February 1, 2009. This policy forbids shops from advertising prices for Westminster and Freespirit brand fabrics below the Manufacturer’s Suggested Retail Price (MSRP), which is 2x the wholesale price. They cannot advertise prices lower than [...]

Update on Marimekko / Dolce & Gabbana Lawsuit

The previously posted dispute between Marimekko and Dolce & Gabbana has been settled in Marimekko’s favor. A no-brainer if I ever saw one! According to this news story, D&G will be paying Marimekko for using the famous (and copyrighted) Unikko pattern. (via the Marimekko Blog) Related posts: Marimekko vs. Dolce & Gabanna Inside Marimekko Marimekko [...]

Beatles Fabric by Cranston Village

Here’s what inspired psychedelic week on the Daily Swatch: this new Beatles fabric line from Cranston Village. eQuilter has the entire collection for sale now, and I bet it’ll be a huge seller. If you see it elsewhere, please link to in the comments. The descriptions of the fabric on eQuilter contain the following: from [...]

Fabric and Copyright Revisited: Law, Ethics, and Name Recognition

We’ve been through this a few years ago with Amy Butler — a blogger found a vintage tablecloth by an anonymous designer that Ms. Butler reworked for one of her quilting fabric lines. Ms. Butler turned out to be extremely gracious and open amidst the controversy and transparent about her process, and I learned a [...]