Feds Jump Into High Court's Apparel Copyright Case

By Bill Donahue (September 21, 2016, 4:32 PM EDT) -- The U.S. Department of Justice has jumped into a closely watched U.S. Supreme Court case over copyright protection for apparel, urging the justices to reject "misconceived" and "restrictive" views on copyright.

The Solicitor General's office filed an amicus brief Wednesday in the case of Star Athletica – a cheerleading gear company that was sued for copying the uniforms of Varsity Brands, the country's largest supplier of cheerleading equipment.

Clothing is the kind of "useful item" that can't be copyrighted, but a Sixth Circuit panel ruled in August 2015 that elements of Varsity's designs were "separable" enough from the underlying garment that...

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