Suit over banana costume: a closet full of wearable-copyright disputes?

The Supreme Court’s recent decision in Star Athletica v. Varsity Brands on cheerleader uniforms has generated new uncertainty as to where a line falls between useful aspects of apparel, which are not copyrightable, and decorative aspects, which are. “The ruling is widely expected to lead to increased litigation in the fashion industry.” A lawsuit against Kmart over its sale of a banana costume “could be the first in a wave of copyright lawsuits over fairly generic Halloween costume designs.” [Timothy Lee, ArsTechnica; Bill Duhart,; Polly Mosendz and Kim Bhasin, Bloomberg]

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