Hey there, I have recently read articles here in Australia with regards to copyright, the dos and donts etc. After all that, I am still at a loss with regards to what is protected, and what isn't.
Trademarks (applying to names) can be protected (obvious one)
Designs (prints on T-shirts, art work etc can be protected - this one is obviously broken by many - I've seen a heap of T-shirts printed here in Oz at retailers, and they get away with it by doing a limited print run!!)
The third which is the confusing bit - is the design of the clothing article itself (ie the cut, certain features like pockets, colours etc). I have recently noticed someone selling a piece of apparel which is identical in style to mine (1:1). No logos or prints have been copied however. In this case, is it a pretty futile attempt? I can't exactly copyright this design can I?
After reading around, it seems as though replicas of fashion designers are seen floating around hours after a show so its not a really well defined area. I am not overly concerned but I thought I would see what the go is with this area of clothing!