Friday, December 3, 2010

IDPPPA passes Senate Judiciary Committee

The recently proposed legislation protecting fashion design has been approved by the Senate Judiciary Committee.

For a summary of the bill, see the Chronicle's earlier post discussing the IDPPA and whether fashion should be protected by copyrighted.

A new question now remains: Because there is a “lame duck” session currently in Congress, will the bill pass before Congress ends its session?

There seems to be some question as to whether Congress will move forward with any legislation before the new year (other than tax-related legislation).

I do not know how much of a priority the IDPPPA is to members of Congress. Similar legislation, such as the Design Piracy Prohibition Act, has previously been introduced near the end of a Congressional term and the bill never passes before the Congressional term ends. I suspect that this will be the case again given the short time left before the Congressional session ends.

Following the November elections and the anticipated gridlock when the new Congress begins in January 2011, will the IDPPPA be made into law? What do you think?

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