Heptagon's Furniture Can't Be Copyrighted, 2nd Circ. Rules

Law360, New York (January 11, 2013, 6:37 PM EST) -- The Second Circuit ruled Friday that furniture by Heptagon Creations Ltd. isn't copyrightable, tossing a suit alleging broker Core Group Marketing LLC infringed its intellectual property by putting Heptagon furniture in an apartment on the TV show “Selling New York.”

The elements of Heptagon furniture that perform furniture functions — lighting a room or holding plants — are not far enough removed from the design elements that the designs are copyrightable, an appeals court panel said in a written decision. The decision affirms a lower court's...
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