By  on December 1, 2010

WASHINGTON — Legislation that would protect fashion designers and apparel brands from knockoffs moved a step closer to reality on Wednesday after the Senate Judiciary Committee unanimously passed a bill that would provide three years of copyright protection for “unique and original designs.”

The bill, known as the Innovative Design Protection and Piracy Prevention Act, will expand copyright laws for the first time to include fashion designs that are often the target of knockoff artists who replicate and profit off of another designer’s creation.

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