Within the internet era, everything has become a copy of a copy of a copy.
The fashion industry, in particular, is one that is greatly impacted by the continual publication of an individual’s creations online. As within any creative industry, inspiration is vital to the overall development of ideas and products. As such, many turn to the internet in search of what may be ‘the next big thing’.
In recent times, one of the most notable cases of copyright infringement within this sphere is that regarding fashion elite Jeremy Scott and the fashion house Moschino. The world renowned fashion designer was sued for a breach of copyright regarding the placement of artist Joseph Tierney‘s work on products featured in their Autumn/Winter 2015 range. However, it is the circumstances surrounding this so called ‘work’ that questioned the lengths to which copyright held control. Tierney is well known for his creation of street art or graffiti, of which Scott used as a defence for his actions – if it’s illegal for Tierney’s work to be published, as such, then it shouldn’t be illegal for Scott to use in a legal manner. The case has since been settled, with both parties filing for dismissal.
Similarly, the lengths of copyright’s control were once again contested earlier this year when Melania Trump was accused of presenting a speech that was almost identical to one of which was presented by Michelle Obama in 2008 – although after much media coverage, the speech writer formally apologised and offered their resignation.
And so I thought, if I was to record myself reading the above blog post, and then post it online, am I breaching my own copyright? Can my own intellectual property be stolen by, well, me? In today’s confusingly replicative, online society, I wouldn’t be surprised.
Also note that the above track is licensed under a ‘Creative Commons License – Some Rights Reserved’, meaning anyone can download and/or remix what I have said.