#FashionLaw: Fast Fashion Stirs Up Wave of Copyright Infringement Lawsuits

The article below a is a good one that talks about the growing litigation involving copyright infringement of fabric prints/designs.

“Colorholic is a Los Angeles business that designs and develops artwork used on T-shirts, blouses, pants, skirts dresses and vests.

Sometime last year, the owner of Colorholic, In Ja Kim, said he noticed that Forever 21; its sister store, Forever XXI; and its online e-commerce site allegedly were selling hundreds of thousands of pieces of clothing that employed at least 10 of his copyrighted artwork pieces on dresses, tops and tunics.

Kim, in a lawsuit filed in August in U.S. District Court, is now seeking damages from Forever 21 for copyright infringement, false designation of origin and unfair business practices.

Forever 21’s lawyers have yet to file a response to the lawsuit. Colorholic’s case is just one of dozens of legal actions filed against Forever 21 for copyright infringement. But other major retailers—including Target, Abercrombie & Fitch and Charlotte Russe—are also in the hot seat.

In the last seven years, the number of copyright-infringement cases filed in Los Angeles involving clothing companies and print designers has mushroomed to hundreds of cases. . .”

Apparelnews.net has the full story.