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Fashion Industry Gets a Caucus in Washington, DC to Advocate for Design Piracy Prohibition Act

>> When Diane von Furstenberg was re-elected for her third term as CFDA president a couple of weeks ago, she said she was looking forward to continuing her work, specifically: "We’d like to pass the law against counterfeits and copying."

Over the weekend, it seems the she got a little closer to that goal: Capitol Hill's Committee on House Administration approved the formation of the fashion industry’s first caucus, named the “Congressional Apparel Manufacturing and Fashion Business Caucus."

Among the causes on the docket »

Christine Brooks-Cropper, president of the Greater Washington Fashion Chamber of Commerce, which spearheaded the effort, said that some of the priorities she asked the caucus to focus on include obtaining funding for a fashion incubator and fashion students scholarships, job creation initiatives, “revisiting” stalled legislation known as the Design Piracy Prohibition Act (which would provide copyright protection for fashion designers), and supporting efforts to save the New York City Garment District.

Brooks-Cooper and her organization are planning an advocacy day in Washington, DC on May 20, so don't be surprised if some designers show up in the area around that time.

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