Non-copyrightable Halloween costumes

February 26, 2013

  • 99 Copyrights and Intellectual Property
  • 99I Copyrights
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99 Copyrights and Intellectual PropertyArtistic shapes of “soft sculpture” Halloween costumes, allegedly fantastical renditions of pumpkin, bee, penguin, dinosaur, hippopotamus, and spider, were inseparable from utilitarian function of enabling wearer to masquerade and were not copyrightable.
Whimsicality, Inc. v. Rubie’s Costumes Co., Inc., 721 F. Supp. 1566 (E.D.N.Y. 1989)
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