Fashion Co. Freed From Prom Dress Copyright Suit

Law360, New York (July 8, 2011, 3:15 PM EDT) -- A New York federal judge on Thursday dismissed Fiesta Fashions from Jovani Fashion Ltd.'s copyright infringement lawsuit against a slew of prom dress makers and retailers, finding that the dress the company was accused of replicating was not copyrightable.

U.S. District Judge John G. Koeltl found that the design elements of the dress Fiesta Fashions allegedly infringed were physically or conceptually separable from the utility of the dress as a whole and, therefore, the dress was not entitled to copyright protection.

Jovani Fashion, a designer and...
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