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UK Supreme Court gives ruling in Star Wars case

The UK Supreme Court has now handed down its ruling in a dispute involving copyright and the helmets worn by stormtroopers in the Star Wars films.  In Lucasfilm Limited and others v Ainsworth and another, the Supreme Court has upheld the decision of the lower courts which found that the helmets were not sculptures, and so were not artistic works capable of protection under the Copyright, Design and Patents Act 1988.  The Court also held that US copyright infringement cases are capable of being the subject of legal proceedings in the UK, which will no doubt have significant implications for future litigation in the UK, as it will allow claims for foreign copyright infringement to be heard by UK courts provided that the Court has jurisdiction over the defendant.

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