American fashion designers are one step closer to having their designs protected from copycats and knockoffs. On September 19th, the Senate Judiciary Committee passed the Innovative Design Protection Act, which is sponsored by Sen. Charles Schumer (D., N.Y.) Now it will proceed to the Senate floor. The bill provides copyright protection for fashion designs. We are very pleased by the outcome and encouraged by the committee’s bipartisan support. It’s an important victory in protecting designers from those who pirate. We are now committed to ensuring IDPA passes the full Senate and then the House before the congressional session ends in January. Part of the CFDA’s mission statement is to advance artistic and professional standards within the fashion industry which is why we see this as such an important advancement for our member designers and American fashion.