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Fashion and uncertainty

One last post about Chuck Schumer's fashion copyright bill: It's got four Republican co-sponsors. Lindsey Graham is signed on, and so are Orrin Hatch and Kay Bailey Hutchison and Olympia Snowe.

This is why I don't take Republican concerns over policy uncertainty terribly seriously. The apparel industry is a big industry. And introducing a new copyright regime is going to introduce a fair amount of uncertainty as everyone waits to see what it means, how the courts interpret the law, how aggressively the big players use it and so on. But Republicans (or some of their interest groups) support this bill, so in this case, it's fine to introduce a new policy and intellectual property regime amid a soft economy. As it is, the worries over policy uncertainty seem a lot more like worries over policy Republicans don't want than worries about uncertainty itself.

By Ezra Klein  |  August 20, 2010; 6:02 PM ET
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