Another Lawsuit Over Costume Copyrights: Gorilla Holding A Cage

from the feeling-caged-in? dept

Following our recent story about copyright on Mardis Gras costumes, it seems that now we're hearing more and more about costume copyrights. THREsq points us to the news of a lawsuit involving the maker of those "gorilla holding a cage" Halloween costumes (pdf) claiming that a competing gorilla-holding-cage costume maker was violating its copyrights:


While there may be arguments over the copyrightability of the costume itself, notice that the lawsuit takes this even further, and throws in the claim of copyright inducement in asking retailers to sell the costume, with the argument being that the maker of the costume is now "inducing" the retailers to infringe.


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    Anonymous Coward, Apr 7th, 2010 @ 4:32am

    Copyright?

    I didn't think US copyright law allowed clothing to be copyrighted, but apparently the US copyright office issued a copyright for this. So what's the deal with clothing and copyright in the US?

     

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    AJB, Apr 7th, 2010 @ 4:43am

    Competition

    Stagecraft evidently doesn't want any competition on their $1,500 costume. They apparently are trying to keep the margins REALLY REALLY high. The competitor is selling the knockoff for $150 -- a full 10 times less. Now, would you pay $1,500 when you could get it for $150? Stagecraft doesn't want you to have that choice. Well, don't think I'll be doing any business with old Stagecraft~!

     

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    Anonymous Coward, Apr 7th, 2010 @ 4:56am

    copyright on clothing design?
    Certainly this cannot be good for the fashion industry.

     

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    Chronno S. Trigger (profile), Apr 7th, 2010 @ 5:02am

    Re: Competition

    I know I wouldn't pay $1,500 for a costume. Besides, the HouseHaunter's one looks better with the wooden cage (although the monkey douse not).

     

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    Anonymous Coward, Apr 7th, 2010 @ 5:32am

    And just as I was about to submit my patent for "Method to Make it Look Like You are Being Held in a Cage by a Gorilla".

    Aww, who the hell am I kidding? As if the reviewer is going to check for prior art!

     

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    Jimr (profile), Apr 7th, 2010 @ 6:01am

    What if I use a real Gorilla and stuff the lawyers in the cage? Is that copyright infringement?

     

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    VoicesInMyHead (profile), Apr 7th, 2010 @ 6:09am

    Re:

    What if I use a real Gorilla and stuff the lawyers in the cage? Is that copyright infringement?

    Only if the lawyers are still alive and holding the bars.

     

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    GHynson, Apr 7th, 2010 @ 7:54am

    My 2 cents.

    I'm going to patent the 2" long penis.
    So all the lawyers will now have to pay me or cut off their 2 inch long wankers.

     

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    General Copyright, Apr 7th, 2010 @ 7:57am

    Oh My God

    How the hell do you think we get new costumes every year! Do you think the Costume fairy just magically delivers brilliant new designs? NO these companies spend millions on designing, procurement and manufacturing! Why would they do that if they couldn't re-coupe their investment!

    Mike you seem to be against anyone thats creative. If it were up to you these guys would all starve in the streets, forced to make costumes in Time Square with a little latex fedora, begging passers by for spare change. Get this through you thick skull! If they cant earn a living by creating costumes they wont make new costumes. Imagine a world without costumes, imagine Halloween all the little children looking up at you through the awkwardly cut holes in their parents bed sheets. Just think about the children for once!

     

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    jjmsan (profile), Apr 7th, 2010 @ 8:22am

    Re: Oh My God

    Or their parents. Sheets are expensive you know.(Also your toes get caught in the holes).

     

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    Anonymous Coward, Apr 7th, 2010 @ 8:24am

    Does anyone have copyright of the "penis-mushroom" costume?

     

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    PRMan, Apr 7th, 2010 @ 10:04am

    Copyright???

    A kid at my high school wore a costume like this (an alien holding him in a cage) over 25 years ago!

    This is ridiculous.

     

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    Anonymous Coward, Apr 7th, 2010 @ 12:25pm

    Re: Oh My God

    Good one. :)

     

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    Susan Tsu, Apr 18th, 2010 @ 5:53am

    Costume Copyrights

    I wonder if you could count how many times the Superman logo on the chest of Jesus Christ has been used when GODSPELL has been done? Yes-- that could have been copyrighted but I would have spent a lifetime in litigation!

    Any thoughts on what a girl's to do?
    Susan Tsu

     

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    Randall Kent, Jun 2nd, 2011 @ 2:36am

    Re: Copyright???

    The Man in the Cage was first introduced and copyrighted 28 years ago. What's your point?

     

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    Randall Kent, Jun 2nd, 2011 @ 2:40am

    Re: Copyright???

    The Man in the Cage was first introduced and copyrighted 28 years ago. What's your point?

     

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    lishan, Jul 23rd, 2011 @ 4:30am

    Mike you seem to be against anyone thats creative. If it were up to you these guys would all starve in the streets, forced to make costumes in Time

     

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    Wilfred, Sep 16th, 2011 @ 1:36pm

    Silly

    I find the whole thing silly. Costumes are costumes, let people wear what they want to.

     

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    Man in the Cage, Oct 11th, 2012 @ 4:36am

    Re: Copyright???

    He probably saw the original "Man in the Cage" 27 years ago when it was copyrighted.

     

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