When Your Thanksgiving Wishbone Is Copyrighted

Law360 (November 20, 2018, 9:31 PM EST) -- The use of a bird’s furcula, or “wishbone,” for divination purposes dates back to the ancient Etruscans, and the ritual of two people pulling on the furcula to determine who would get married first has its origins in late medieval Europe. From there, some version of the custom likely was brought to America by the pilgrims, who would have referred to the bone as a “merrythought.” Given all that history, the modern tradition of pulling the Thanksgiving turkey wishbone for luck is hardly original.

But what about the originality of the wishbone itself? Could a plastic wishbone sculpture, based on something...

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