Camisoles: Providing Thin Protection

Law360, New York (September 28, 2006, 12:00 AM EDT) -- Copyright law has traditionally been the cloak of the entertainment and publishing industries; however, it surprises some to learn that even their clothing may be copyright protected.

* Is Clothing Copyrightable? *

As a general rule, items of clothing are not usually entitled to copyright protection. Knitwaves, Inc. v. Lollytogs Ltd., 71F.3d 996, 1002 (2d Cir. 1995). This is due to the fact that items of clothing are considered useful articles and useful articles are not entitled to copyright protection.

The design of a useful article,...
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