Idea/Expression Dichotomy

If the Belt Buckle Fits, You Can Copy It

Authored by: Barbara Kolsun

The Routledge Companion to Copyright and Creativity in the 21st Century

Print publication date:  November  2020
Online publication date:  November  2020

Print ISBN: 9781138999251
eBook ISBN: 9781315658445
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Barbara Kolsun (BK), Professor of Practice and Director of the FAME Center at Cardozo Law School, is a leading fashion industry attorney and co-editor of the seminal texts on the subject, The Business and Law of Fashion (Carolina Academic Press, 1st Edition, 2020) and Fashion Law – A Guide for Designers, Fashion Executives and Attorneys (Bloomsbury, 2nd ed., 2014). and The Business and Law of Fashion and Retail, to be published by Carolina Press in 2020. Kolsun started the legal departments and was the first general counsel of Kate Spade, Stuart Weitzman, and Seven for All Mankind, and was assistant general counsel of Westpoint Stevens and Calvin Klein Jeans. While in private practice, her clients included Ralph Lauren and Tommy Hilfiger. Kolsun currently consults with fashion companies on various issues and was honored with lifetime achievement awards in 2015 by both the Luxury Law Summit in London and the World Trademark Forum at INTA. She has served as Chairman of the Board of the International Anticounterfeiting Coalition and has spoken and been published widely on fashion law around the world. Her experience as a professional singer and actress continues to motivate her fierce efforts to protect artists’ and designers’ intellectual property rights. She received her JD from Cardozo Law in 1982 and is a member of the Order of the Coif.

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