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Copyright Protection for Fashion Designs in the Wake of Star Athletica

Sep 18, 2018

In an article published in the Hawai‘i Bar Journal, Brett Tobin discusses the March 2017 US Supreme Court decision in Star Athletica, LLC v. Varsity Brands, Inc., 137 S. Ct. 1002 (2017), affirming that certain aspects of designs on cheerleading uniforms were eligible for copyright protection. He also highlights how the decision impacts the Hawai‘i market and in particular aloha attire and similar clothing created by designers in Hawai‘i.

First published in the Hawai‘i Bar Journal (the official publication of the Hawai‘i State Bar Association), September 2018 Edition.

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