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Betty Boop and the Return of Aesthetic Functionality: A Bitter Medicine Against "Mutant Copyrights"?
European Intellectual Property Review
  • Irene Calboli, Texas A&M University School of Law
Document Type
Article
Publication Year
2014
ISSN
0142-0461
Abstract

This article offers a brief overview of the history and developments of the doctrine of aesthetic functionality in the United States and examines the recent decisions in Fleischer Studios, Inc v AVELA, Inc . In particular, the article argues that the courts in Fleischer added an important element to the interpretation of the doctrine, namely the fact that the courts seemed willing to resort to aesthetic functionality to counter the consequences resulting from the practice of using trade mark law as an additional form of protection for copyrighted, or once copyrighted, creative works.

Num Pages
8
Publisher
Thomson Reuters
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FIle Type
PDF
Citation Information
Irene Calboli. "Betty Boop and the Return of Aesthetic Functionality: A Bitter Medicine Against "Mutant Copyrights"?" European Intellectual Property Review Vol. 2014 Iss. 2 (2014) p. 80 - 87
Available at: http://works.bepress.com/irene_calboli/35/