You can’t copyright Santa Claus

December 23, 2014

  • 99 Copyrights and Intellectual Property
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12-23-14Stereotypical elements of a Santa Claus are unprotectible;  these elements are jolly, rotund, elder gentleman, wearing a red suit and floppy cap with trim beard, and black belt and boots.

Kurt S. Adler, Inc. v. World Bazaars, Inc., 897 F.Supp. 92, (S.D.N.Y., 1995)