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Author Thomas, Kedron, 1979- author

Title Regulating style : intellectual property law and the business of fashion in Guatemala / Kedron Thomas
Published Oakland, California : University of California Press, [2016]
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Contents Economic regulation and the value of concealment -- The ethics of piracy -- Brand pollution -- Fiscal and moral accountability -- Making the highlands safe for business -- Conclusion : late style
Summary "Fashion knock-offs are everywhere. Even in the out-of-the-way markets of highland Guatemala, fake branded clothes offer a cheap, stylish alternative for people who can't afford high-priced originals. Fashion companies have taken notice, ensuring that international trade agreements include stronger intellectual property protections to prevent brand 'piracy.' Regulating Style approaches the fashion industry from the perspective of indigenous Maya people who make and sell knock-offs, asking why they copy and wear popular brands, how they interact with legal frameworks and state institutions that criminalize their livelihood, and what is really at stake for fashion companies in the global regulation of style"--Provided by publisher
Bibliography Includes bibliographical references and index
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Subject Clothing trade -- Law and legislation -- Guatemala.
Clothing trade -- Moral and ethical aspects -- Guatemala.
Fashion -- Social aspects -- Guatemala.
Intellectual property infringement -- Economic aspects -- Guatemala.
Mayas -- Employment -- Guatemala.
Form Electronic book
LC no. 2016034579
ISBN 0520964861 (electronic bk.)
9780520964860 (electronic bk.)
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