Posts tagged ‘intellectual property’

TED Talk: Lessons on Fashion’s Free Culture

[ted id=866] 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 [...]

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 [...]

Textile Stew: 9/30/10

Jessica’s roundup of people that have copied her Amusement Park fabrics made me kind of ill. I’m jealous of Blempgorf’s latest vintage fabric score. Makes me wish I could make it to Antique Weekend in Round Top, TX this week, but I’ll have to wait till the spring show. This quilt is just extraordinary, and [...]

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 [...]

Textile Stew: 9/14/09

Retro Age Vintage Fabrics: Guest: Pip from Meet Me at Mike’s on her love affair with vintage fabric. Don’t miss Retro Age’s $20 store credit giveaway either! Awesome design printed with Spoonflower by My Paper Crane oliver + s provides an overview of the laminated fabrics out there that would make terrific school days jackets. [...]

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 [...]

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 [...]

Marimekko vs. Dolce & Gabanna

There is a trademark dispute between Marimekko and Dolce & Gabbana over Marimekko’s signature Unikko floral pattern: news story, Marimekko blog post. I don’t think there is any question of Unikko’s origins; maybe it’s more about the legal technicalities of trademark ownership? I’ll be interested to know how this turns out … I can’t imagine [...]