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Did Your Prom Have a Copyright Theme? Probably Not, but a Recent New York Copyright Case Has a Prom Theme

In determining the copyrightability of prom dress designs, the Southern District of New York recently noted that: The exception for separable elements of useful articles has proven difficult to apply, and courts "have twisted themselves into knots trying to create a test to effectively ascertain...

Mara Hoffman’s “Chief” Fabric Design Prompts Copyright Lawsuit against Forever 21

On Monday, Mara Hoffman, Inc. sued Forever 21 in the Southern District of New York, accusing the retailer of copyright infringement. Mara Hoffman owns a copyright in and to a fabric entitled "Chief." According to the complaint : Defendant has infringed Mara Hoffman's copyright by...

Second Circuit Dismisses Appeal from New York Court’s Decision in Prom Dress Copyright Case

As reported by Law360, the Second Circuit last Monday affirmed the dismissal of Jovani Fashion Ltd.'s copyright case against clothing designer Fiesta Fashions . Jovani Fashion, Ltd. v. Fiesta Fashions, 2012 U.S. App. LEXIS 21245 (2d Cir. N.Y. Oct. 15, 2012) [ enhanced version available to lexis...