Under what circumstances does copyright law protect fashion designs?  In 2017, the Supreme Court issued a decision in the case of Star Athletica, LLC v. Varsity Brands, Inc., in which it sought to refine the test for evaluating when “useful articles” – in this case, cheerleader uniforms – contain sufficiently separable creative expression to merit copyright protection.  This panel will look back at the Star Athletica decision and discuss its impact on copyright protection for fashion in ensuing years. In addition to examining post-Star Athletica case law, the panel will consider how the decision has impacted Copyright Office practice.  The panel will also discuss the international landscape, as well as other available theories to protect fashion designs, such as patent and trademark.  Join us for a fun and interesting discussion!

The program will be held in The Classroom at the New York City Bar Association. Directions can be found on the e-billboard in the lobby right at the entrance.


Please note, this program is in person only. Registration will close on Monday, May 13 at 6 PM EDT. If you miss the deadline and would still like to attend, please email Programs Manager Jen McGhee at jmcghee@copyrightsociety.org.


This program is in collaboration with the Fashion Law Section of the New York City Bar Association.