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In the face of public uproar following countless accusations of cultural appropriation, the fashion industry is due to undergo a profound transformation. The world over, calls are being made for fashion designers to be mindful when borrowing from other cultures and to offer products that are respectful of their traditions. While the term “cultural appropriation” is shrouded in uncertainty, there is undoubtedly a role for intellectual property (IP) in curbing this harmful practice.
“Cultural appropriation” is a murky concept explains Brigitte Vézina for WIPO Magazine.