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"Ready? Okay!": Clothing Design Copyright Affirmed by Sixth Circuit Despite Dissent Stating Industry is "a Mess"

Recently, the Sixth Circuit Court of Appeals ("Sixth Circuit") in Varsity Brands, Inc. v. Star Athletica, LLC, decided that clothing designs (in this case, a cheerleading uniform) can be protected by copyright under the...more

District Court Struggles With Copyright Protection For “Cheerleading-Uniformness”

Once a piece of clothing has been styled, cut and shaped according to a designer’s vision, it is a form of expression arguably no less worthy of copyright protection than say, a photograph, painting, or poem. However, the...more

IP/Entertainment Law Weekly Case Update for Motion Picture Studios and Television Networks -- January 16, 2014

Inhale, Inc. v. Starbuzz Tobacco, Inc., USCA, Ninth Circuit, January 9, 2014 - In copyright infringement action, Ninth Circuit affirms district court’s grant of summary judgment in favor of defendants, sellers of...more

Happy Birthday…You’re Being Sued!

Have you ever noticed how people rarely sing “Happy Birthday to You” in movies and television? Instead, people usually sing “For He’s a Jolly Good Fellow,” even though no one actually sings that song in real life. ...more

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