Journal Article

<i>Lucasfilm v Ainsworth</i>: Comments in the light of Greek copyright law

Konstantia Katsouli

in Journal of Intellectual Property Law & Practice

Volume 8, issue 3, pages 226-235
Published in print March 2013 | ISSN: 1747-1532
Published online March 2013 | e-ISSN: 1747-1540 | DOI:
Lucasfilm v Ainsworth: Comments in the light of Greek copyright law

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“Functionality versus art. Two rivals in the same field. Who wins in the end?” The UK Supreme Court decision of last year disappointed George Lucas and his companies, Lucasfilm, by stating that the creations, which appeared in the films ‘ Star Wars’ -costumes for Imperial Stormtroopers, helmets, special equipment-, could not qualify as artistic works and thus by dismissing all of his claims regarding copyright infringement. More specifically, Lucasfilm corporation appealed to UK Supreme Court in July 2011 against Ainsworth aiming at the protection of his copyright on the disputed creations. However, Lucasfilm was defeated and simultaneously emerged the issue of the distinction between artistic works -especially sculptures- and designs in the light of the respective UK legislation.

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Subjects: Arbitration ; Intellectual Property Law

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