Posts Tagged ‘copyright’

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    A Bow Tie Patent

    Sep 5, 10 • 118 Views • Businesses, Innovation, RegulationNo Comments

    Having said that jackets and dresses cannot be patented or copyrighted, I was fascinated to learn that a bow tie once had one. During the 1950s, the clothing retailer Brooks Brothers had patented their bow tie technology. A recent WSJ article referred to the...

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    More Fashion Rules

    Sep 2, 10 • 102 Views • Economic History5 Comments

    Are fashion copycats good or bad for the industry? N.Y. Senator Charles Schumer says, “Bad” and is proposing legislation that would provide a 3 year period during which, with certain exceptions, knock-offs would represent copyright infringement....

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    Fashion Rules

    Jun 18, 10 • 146 Views • Economic History, RegulationNo Comments

    If Miuccia Prada sees a vintage designer jacket that she likes, she can copy it. She can even replicate it exactly and call it a Prada. Illegal? No. And yet, if Michael Lewis included a page from another writer’s book, he would be accused of violating...

  • J.D. Salinger and the Estate Tax

    Jan 31, 10 • 138 Views • Thinking EconomicallyNo Comments

    Reading J.D. Salinger’s obituary, I thought about the estate tax and then beyond to a Mark Helprin interview last June. Have you wondered, with the 2010 suspension of the estate tax (called by some the “Throw Momma From the Train Act”), what...