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Cheerleading Uniform Designs Can Be Copyrighted: 6th Circ.

Law360, New York (August 19, 2015, 6:49 PM EDT) -- A split Sixth Circuit panel weighed in Wednesday on the “confounding” issue of intellectual property protection for apparel, ruling that decorative designs used on cheerleading uniforms can be copyrighted.

Wednesday's opinion included some of Varsity Brands' copyrighted designs for cheerleading outfits. (Credit: Court documents) The panel ruled 2-1 that the stripes, chevrons and other graphic elements on uniforms sold by Varsity Brands Inc. — the world's largest producer of cheerleader gear — were eligible for copyright protection, reviving an infringement lawsuit over uniforms produced by rival...
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Case Information

Case Title

Varsity Brands, Inc., et al v. Star Athletica, LLC

Case Number



Appellate - 6th Circuit

Nature of Suit

3820 Property Rights: Copyright

Date Filed

March 6, 2014

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