Legal Question in Business Law in New York

I want to,manufacture my own private label clothing,is it legal to copy designs from runways but obviously it will be cheaper fabric,is it legal? I see a lot of companies copying runway designs of famous makers,even h&m, forever 21 and other contemporary clothing freely sell identical to famous makers clothing and shoes. If its not legal,can I just change couple small details,etc?

Asked on 4/22/12, 7:26 am

1 Answer from Attorneys

Mark S. Moroknek Kelly & Curtis, PLLC.

No. It is not legal to copy designs of other designers without paying for the use, and/or obtaining permission first. Its copyright and/or trademark protected ; as a designer you should understand that.

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Answered on 4/22/12, 7:47 pm

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