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CFDA’s Anti-Knockoff Bill Hits a Major Snag

High-end designers have been moaning about copyright protection and the proliferation of knockoffs for years, but after working with the American Apparel and Footwear Association to iron out a fashion copyright bill called the Design Piracy Prohibition Act, the CFDA just received some bad news:

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Canal Street Update: Police Confiscate Bags of Bags

Police are busy clearing out the fake merchandise from the 32 Chinatown shops that were shut down by the city yesterday; we snapped this photo on Canal Street this morning amid a gaggle of forlorn tourists. They came all this way from Iowa, and now look.

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Heavens! Has Marc Ripped Off the Swedes?!

In the fifties, in the sleepy town in northern Sweden of Härjedalen, Gosta Olofsson produced about 1,000 scarves to celebrate this fair city. The scarves portrayed a small church, wooden huts, bears, flowers, and the coat of arms of Härjedalen. Cute! Now flash-forward to spring/summer '08: Marc Jacobs produces remarkably similar "mountain" bandannas to, um, celebrate the sleepy northern Swedish village of Härjedalen?

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Mr. Rodriguez Goes to Washington (for Copyright Protection)

The wheels of clothing-copyright protection are slowly moving along: Narciso Rodriguez went to Congress yesterday to make his case for protecting designer clothing, as the Design Piracy Prohibition Act has been stuck in committee, unable to reach House and Senate floors because the fashion industry can't agree on its language.

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