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The Luxury Economy and Intellectual PropertyCritical Reflections$
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Haochen Sun, Barton Beebe, and Madhavi Sunder

Print publication date: 2015

Print ISBN-13: 9780199335701

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: October 2015

DOI: 10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199335701.001.0001

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Upstairs/Downstairs, Fashionwise

Upstairs/Downstairs, Fashionwise

A View of Design Protection from Lower Down the Food Chain

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The Luxury Economy and Intellectual Property

Diane Leenheer Zimmerman

Oxford University Press

This chapter focuses on the consumer's stake in a “knock-off” fashion. “Knock-offs,” are copies or close adaptations of “status” clothing and accessories, that, because of their lower purchase prices, are accessible to consumers with widely varying degrees of purchasing power. It suggests that positive social benefits flow from a legal regime that allows ready access to knock-offs, and that these benefits deserve considerable weight in deciding how intellectual property protection should proceed.

Keywords:   knock-off fashion, consumers, intellectual property law, social benefits

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