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Fame Appeal Breaks the Law

11 October 2010 4 Comments

E-mail Removal

Termination E-mail

On October 8th Fame Appeal was forced to take down the article titled “Copyrighting Fashion Almost!” I received an e-mail from Arnold and Porter LLP law firm, demanding removal of this article because author, Lou Ederer, had an “exclusivity agreement” with its publisher Lexis Nexis. As you might recall the article was abou the Innovative Design Protection and Privacy Protection Act, and as  a FashionDesigner/Law Student this act hits close to home.

Usually, we try to write our own articles on , however when we reproduce an article on FameAppeal.com we always give credit where credit is due. We are not trying steal information. As a growing independent legal and business blog. we appreciate the value of hardwork and we would never even dream to claim ownership of anyone’s article. Even though we cited where we got the article from, we encountered a situation where the article had an ”exclusivity agreement”with Lexis Nexis! We did not know this and if we did know, would not have posted the article in the first place.

I invite comments especially from Arnold and Porter. And I am in the process of getting in touch with author Lour Ederer to talk about the IDPPPA act. because the purpose behind my blog is to discuss and educate. Just as a reminder, the IDPPPA act is a proposed bill that would protect high-end fashion designs from being infringed upon.

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  • Copyrighting Fashion: Almost! | Fame Appeal said:

    […] explanation of this article’s deletion can be found here. You can find the Innovative Design Protection and Piracy Prevention Act (IDPPPA) can be found […]

  • Uduak Oduok said:

    Fame Appeal,

    Technically they are right. Although one could ask what’s the fuss all about given your good intentions.Right? But at the end of the day, the article was authored for a different website and if you needed to use it, “excerpts” maybe would have been fine. Republishing the whole article, without permission, is violation of their copyright.

    As a journalist and avid writer, I get a few instances where this happens. I am never appreciative of that. Beyond the fact that you are taking away the site’s traffic rankings which in turn affects ad revenues etc., As you correctly point out, the author spent time working on the article.

    Things to republish in full are press releases or instances where authors give you permission. Otherwise, play safe. Use excerpts 1-2 paragraphs at best and keep it moving.

    Read and subscribe to your blog. Also, linked on my firm’s blog.


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  • Fame Appeal: Fashion & Entertainment Blog (author) said:

    Love your blog as well, thanks for taking the time and commenting to my little ordeal. I understand the rammifications behind the deletion and wanted to take an innovative spin on why I had to take it down. IP blog’s can get in copyright trouble too.


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