Supreme Court Clarifies Test For Determining Whether Designs On Useful Articles Are Eligible For Copyright Protection: Star Athletica, L.L.C. v. Varsity Brands, Inc.

Fitzpatrick Case Update
March 23, 2017

While federal copyright laws unquestionably allow protection for original works of art, copyright eligibility has been less clear in situations where artistic designs are incorporated in articles having utilitarian features. In a decision issued yesterday, the Supreme Court clarified the test for determining whether artistic elements incorporated into a useful article are eligible for copyright protection.

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