Supreme Court decision not to review Louis Vuitton’s requested appeal against upstart parody tote bag maker “My Other Bag” allows the bag maker to use Louis Vuitton’s designs

For years, designer handbag maker Louis Vuitton has been entrenched in trademark litigation against the Los Angeles based one-woman tote bag maker “My Other Bag.”  My Other Bag sells relatively inexpensive canvas tote bags depicting caricatures of expensive designer handbags on one side with the text “My Other Bag” on the other.  One such bag …

Fashion Copyright Infringement: Unicolors v. Urban Outfitters

“Copying is rampant in the fashion industry!” the headlines read. And, so what? Is copying allowed, and if not, what are the consequences of infringement of protected works? Copyrights protect works of authorship. Familiar examples of copyrightable works are novels, songs and paintings, but particularly relevant to the fashion industry is the copyrightability of fabric …