Inside the Complex World of Copying in the Fashion Industry

Copying in the fashion industry is news to no one at this point, though accusations do seem to pop up more frequently now that everyone has a platform on social media. But accusations can only go so far, and the U.S. laws surrounding copyright are complex and often futile in a fashion context. Law itself can seem antithetical to the industry, which is creative in nature, but understanding it is crucial to running a successful business.

No one has done a better job of uniting these disparate worlds than Julie Zerbo of The Fashion Law, whose background in both industries has allowed her to introduce fashion fans to the technicalities of copyright law in a way that is both accessible and entertaining. We called her up to chat about the state of copying in the industry today, and to find out why it’s still ridiculously easy to get away with.

Scroll down to see what she had to say.