Fatumah Asha

Ugandan re-known fashion designer, Fatuma Nakaziba aka Fatumah Asha shared her thoughts on what copying means in the fashion industry.

Speaking to her 55.6 thousand Instagram followers, Fatumah shared a photo which she captioned, “Unlike other forms of art, when it comes to fashion,a few adjustments on a DESIGN makes it someelse’s. So instead of complaining that so and so are copying your WORK, be proud that your able to inspire.”

This is not the first time the issue of copying has come up in the fashion industry.

Early this year, HuffPost spoke to Julie Zerbo, a New York-based lawyer and founder of The Fashion Law, and Biana Borukhovich, a New York-based lawyer who practices fashion law, to get some insight.

Fast fashion retailers like Zara and H&M are able to produce and sell garments that look almost exactly the same as designs by luxury labels because “Essentially, in the U.S., we don’t have copyright protection for fashion design,” Borukhovich said.

Additionally, copyright law “does not provide exclusive rights for inherently useful items,” Zerbo said. Garments and accessories are typically considered “useful items,” she added, because bags allow us to carry things and dresses cover our bodies.

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