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Case Study- Design: Pinned to the Wall- A Smaller Artist Inspires an International Fashion Copycat

Laser Kitten, LLC, Katie Thierjung, and Wildflower + Co., not exactly household names that roll off your tongue, but what about Marc Jacobs? Now that’s a brand we’ve all heard of, right? The story is that the smaller, lesser known companies created decorative pins that could be attached to jackets, bags, hats, or other clothing. They are whimsical, cute, fun, with bright colors. The claim is that Marc Jacobs copied the designs of not one but three different artists. I’ve included a link to one of the artists IG, and you can see what you think about it. This will be an interesting case to watch unfold. It was just filed at the end of November, so it is still in litigation.

Copyright law, protects original works of authorship, including literary, dramatic, musical, and artistic works, such as poetry, novels, movies, songs, computer software, and architecture. It also protects works of visual arts. The rights in a work vest when the work is “fixed in a tangible form of expression,” which means it moves from merely an idea in your brain to a concrete, solid work.

Check out the link below, and you be the judge.

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