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...

Stay ahead of the curve

In the legal profession, information is the key to success. You have to know what’s happening with clients, competitors, practice areas, and industries. Law360 provides the intelligence you need to remain an expert and beat the competition.

  • Access to case data within articles (numbers, filings, courts, nature of suit, and more.)
  • Access to attached documents such as briefs, petitions, complaints, decisions, motions, etc.
  • Create custom alerts for specific article and case topics and so much more!


Hello! I'm Law360's automated support bot.

How can I help you today?

For example, you can type:
  • I forgot my password
  • I took a free trial but didn't get a verification email
  • How do I sign up for a newsletter?
Ask a question!