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Supreme Court to consider cheerleader costume copyrights

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Can a cheerleader uniform be copyrighted?

The US Supreme Court announced on Monday that it would take up the issue in a case that may end up redefining the scope of copyrights in the United States.

In a surprise decision, the venerable judges on the country’s highest court said they would include in their schedule a seemingly trivial case between cheerleader uniform manufacturers Star Athletica and Varsity Brands Inc.

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Varsity, the leading US cheerleading costume manufacturer, accuses its smaller rival of copying elements of its uniform designs.

Under federal law, a design may be protected by copyright if it is possible to separate its original decorative aspects from a product’s essential functional elements.

Varsity originally sued Star Athletica, saying the herringbone patterns on the shirts and skirts of its cheerleader uniforms are original designs that are separate from the uniforms’ function. After an appeals court ruled in the company’s favor, Star Athletica appealed to the Supreme Court.

Now the court’s eight justices are set to determine the boundary between aesthetics and function in order to clarify copyright law legal experts say is notoriously murky.

The case will almost certainly carry broader legal implications with important economic consequences.

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“The Court’s mission may be to state a single, unified test that will give the same result in every case involving items that are both artistic and functional — whether that means clothing, carpets or cars,” said Susan Scafidi, academic director of Fordham University’s Fashion Law Institute.

The court will probably hear the case during its next term, which begins in October.


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Oprah erects 26 billboards around Louisville — demanding the cops who killed Breonna Taylor get arrested

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Media mogul Oprah Winfrey continues to keep people talking about the killing of Breonna Taylor by the Louisville Metro Police Department.

"For the first time ever, just last week, Oprah Winfrey dedicated the cover of her magazine to someone other than herself -- Breonna Taylor. Now, that cover will be all over Louisville in the form of billboards big and small," WLKY-TV reported Thursday.

"She and the O Magazine team say they are amplifying Taylor's story and the fight for justice by erecting 26 billboards across the city. That's one for every year of her life," the station reported.

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Trump’s vendetta against TikTok is a veil for his anti-China and anti-free speech views

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Last week, President Donald Trump announced that he was planning on banning TikTok, a video-sharing social networking service owned by the Chinese company ByteDance. Shortly after he said this, the American multinational technology company Microsoft announced that it would attempt to purchase TikTok's US operations arm, although Trump has only given the company until Sept. 15 to pull this off.

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Eric Trump predicts his dad will win re-election: ‘The polls are looking great — you see it every day’

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One of President Donald Trump's children appeared on Fox News on Thursday to predict that his father would win re-election in November.

"Well listen, I think, um, I think we're looking really good," Eric Trump told Sean Hannity.

"The polls are looking great -- you see it every single day," Trump claimed. "The enthusiasm is tremendous."

"We're going to win," he predicted. "My father is going to win this election."

The prediction was offered the same day that NBC News released their first battleground map, showing Joe Biden on pace to win 334 Electoral College votes, Trump set to win 125 Electoral Votes, with 79 too close to call.

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