A View of Design Protection from Lower Down the Food Chain
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.
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