Illinois Federal Judge Says Meijer, Others Infringed Copyright

(August 30, 2016, 12:31 PM EDT) -- SPRINGFIELD, Ill. — A copyright infringement plaintiff on Aug. 25 won partial summary judgment when an Illinois federal judge found that the “undisputed facts” demonstrate that three defendants copied the “particularized expression” of an idea for a clothespin featuring a silhouetted bird design (Design Ideas Ltd. v. Meijer Inc., et al., No. 15-3093, C.D. Ill.; 2016 U.S. Dist. LEXIS 113704).

(Decision available. Document #16-160906-027Z.)

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