Copyrights in the Fashion Business? It All Depends…

Wed. Nov 15, 2017 7:00pm - 8:30pm PST
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Copyrights in the Fashion Business? It All Depends...

With Anne Kearns, Esq.

What is copyrightable in the fashion industry is confusing. Clothing, like pants and dresses, aren’t copyrightable, but certain features of clothing, like the print on fabric, might be. Watches likewise aren’t copyrightable, but jewelry is. So where’s the line? This workshop will address the issues of what is and is not copyrightable in the fashion industry, and will touch on these topics:

Copyright Basics:
* What copyrights protect
* When copyrights are created
* Copyright registration, notice and duration

What Is and Is Not Copyrightable in the Fashion Business
* Clothing Designs
* Fabric designs & textiles
* Appliques & surface designs
* Belts, buckles, shoes, watches & handbags
* Jewelry
* Patterns and tech-packs
* Color

Other Aspects of Copyright Protection in the Fashion Business
* Photographs
* Websites
* Advertising materials
* Logos

Anne KearnsPresenter:  Anne Kearns, Esq. is founder of Anne Kearns Law, has over 20 years of legal experience focusing on intellectual property and commercial law. Ms. Kearns helps artists, designers, entrepreneurs, and start-ups grow and protect their brand, including trademarks and copyrights. She also handles issues related to advertising, social media, privacy, licensing, and compliance with regulations. In addition, Ms. Kearns recently started her own online women's clothing brand from scratch, called Six 15 Society. She alone managed every part of starting the business from sourcing fabric, pattern makers, and a factory, to hiring models and a photographer, to building a website and engaging in social media marketing.players. 

Directly opposite the Downtown Berkeley BART Station

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  • General Admission: $20 Online (+ Processing Fees).

  • CLA Members: $10 Online (+ Processing Fees). Requires Member Access Code.

  • CLA Senior Members $5 Online (+ Processing Fees). Requires Member Access Code.

  • CLA Student Members $5 Online (+ Processing Fees). Requires Member Access Code.

  • [$10 Extra At-the-Door]

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Wells Fargo Building 2140 Shattuck Avenue
Berkeley, CA 94704
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