• Supreme Court Weighs in on Apparel Design Copyrightability in Star Athletica v. Varsity Brands
  • August 16, 2017 | Author: Darrell G. Mottley
  • Law Firm: Banner & Witcoff, Ltd. - Washington Office
  • March 23, 2017 — On March 22, 2017, the U.S. Supreme Court, in a 6-2 decision, affirmed the August 2015, ruling by the U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals for the Sixth Circuit in Star Athletica LLC v. Varsity Brands Inc., and affirmed that two-dimensional graphic designs are entitled to copyright protection as “pictorial, graphic, and sculptural works” under the copyright law for useful articles under certain circumstances. This is the first time the U.S. Supreme Court has ruled on copyright protection for apparel.