U.S. senators have just introduced a piracy bill to protect high designs from “fast fashion” merchants. If passed, the bill will mean companies who copy an original design registered by a designer can be dealt a copyright infringement lawsuit.

Senators Charles Schumer (D-NY), Kay Bailey Hutchison (R-TX), Dianne Feinstein (D-CA) Orrin Hatch (R-UT), Herb Kohl (D-WI), Lindsey Graham (R-SC), Sheldon Whitehouse (D-RI), Hillary Clinton (D-NY) and Olympia Snowe (R-ME) introduced the bill in Washington D.C.

The move follows similar property protection measures taken in Europe, evidenced in recent cases such as that of Chloe suing Topshop for copying their yellow jump-suit, and of G-Star winning a case against Ralph Lauren after they made an exact copy of the Dutch denim company’s famous Elwood jean style.

In the USA, current laws deal mainly with counterfeit goods rather than protecting a designer’s ideas. Narciso Rodriguez, Marc Bouwer, Nicole Miller, Jeffrey Banks, Yeohlee Tang, Richard Lambertson of Lamberston Truex and Dana Foley of Foley and Corrina were among the American designers present at a press conference today hosted by Senator Schumer at the Fashion Institute of Technology in New York in support of the bill.