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How To Protect Your Fashion Designs With Copyrights


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If you’re an up-and-coming fashion designer 👗, you may want to post your sketches and products on social media to attract customers.

However, you most likely also want the freedom to share your creations without worrying about your followers stealing your ideas 🤷. 

One way to protect 🛡️ your fashion designs from copycats is with copyright law. 

Luckily, if you’re looking to protect your sketches or designs with copyrights, I have good news for you – it’s already done 👌! 

Copyright law automatically applies to your creations as soon as you produce them.

That being said, copyright law can be tricky when it comes to fashion – not everything is protected 🙅‍♂️.

The following are protected by copyright infringement laws

✅ Sketches

✅ Graphic designs

✅ Textile design

…while these are not…

❎ Color

❎ Cut

If you’re interested in protecting something that falls within copyright law, you may want to consider officially registering ✔️ it, despite its automatic protection. 

Once you’ve registered your content with the government, it’s much easier to file a lawsuit, prove your ownership in court 🏛️, and claim statutory damages and attorneys fees 💲, if necessary. 

However, if you’re looking to protect something that does not fall within copyright law, there are other avenues you can take.

For example, copyright law does not protect color, but you may be able to learn from companies like Louboutin 👠, Coca-Cola, and even Slip ‘N Slide and obtain a trademark instead! 

You can learn more about trademarking colors here

Similarly, anyone looking to protect a specific cut of clothing shouldn’t give up; a design patent 📜 could be a good place to start!

You can learn how to file for a design patent here.

Overall, for the fashion designer who is just starting out, copyright law provides a decent amount of protection against theft – and the best part? It’s totally free! 😍