by Mike Masnick
Thu, Oct 28th 2010 9:39am
You know those silly elastic wristbands that kids wear? Yeah, well, apparently the company BCP Imports makes the (apparently?) popular brand of them called Silly Bandz, and has somehow copyrighted some aspect of the bands.
Anyway, that company is now suing Walmart for selling elastic bands from a different company, claiming that it's copyright infringement. Specifically, they're upset that Walmart is selling elastic bands from a company, Crimzon Rose, that also makes them in similar shapes to Silly Bandz. Beyond the copyright claim, they're also saying that the packaging is too similar. Whatever happened to competition being legal and good for the economy?
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