Guest: Kal Raustiala, PhD, JD, Professor of Law, University of California, Los Angeles, Director, International Relations, UCLA, Author, “The Knockoff Economy: How Imitation Sparks Innovation”
The Oscars were a very sparkly affair last night – from the Swarovski-crystal-bedecked stage to the glittery, sequined dresses custom-made for Hollywood’s hottest stars by designers including Dior, Versace and Louis Vuitton. Those websites that sell Oscar-dress knock-offs will have their hands full copying all that sparkle. But they won’t need to worry about hiring extra lawyers because, believe it or not, it’s perfectly legal to rip off another designer’s dress. Unlike books or music, fashion is one of the few creative industries without copyright protection. UCLA law professor Kal Raustiala says that’s actually good for fashion.