While some brands rack up huge legal fees fighting copyright battles, some take a more relaxed approach. Olivier Rousteing has even publicly called high street brands that copy Balmain “clever”. In the digital age, copying designs and sharing fashion imagery you don’t own is easier than ever, but many are also using social media as a tool to call out the Goliaths stealing the work of independent creatives.
The Fashion Debates returns for another evening at The House of St Barnabas members’ club for a discussion led by an expert panel on whether current copyright laws are failing fashion or whether copycats are promoting a more democratic system.
What are your rights as a copyright holder? Can others stealing your work be a positive thing? Do we need changes in the law to fit modern times? Can social media resolve a case without legal fees? We’ll be covering these vital questions, plus come with your own questions to put to the panel.
7pm Welcome drinks
7:30pm Panel debate
8pm: Questions from the audience
About The House of St Barnabas:
The House of St Barnabas is a charity pledging to break the cycle of homelessness and social exclusion in London. They run a social enterprise, a not-for-profit members’ club, to help the people they support back into lasting paid work. Their Employment Academy offers accredited qualifications, on-site work experience, real job opportunities and mentoring. The House of St Barnabas are seeking to redefine the notion of a members’ club, to challenge stereotypes around the idea of exclusivity and to create a different kind of membership. The club is a creative, socially conscious and vibrant space.