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Court Finds No Copyright Protection for Shapes & Colors in Recent Suit Against Starbucks

Posted on January 31, 2016 at 2:45 PM

The Plaintiff artist in this case claimed that she was approached to create an advertising campaign for Starbucks.  She declined but argued that Starbucks stole the core of her style, creating an ad that had the same shapes and colors as much of her art.  While "look and feel" claims are common in Copyright suits, "style" is not protectable under copyright law.  The fact that Starbucks used similar shapes and colors was not sufficient to support her claim and the suit was dismissed.  CLICK HERE FOR ARTICLE



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