Bad to the Bone?

So if you know us, you know we LOVE pups. That’s why when we came across this design, we couldn’t help but look twice. Unfortunately for ANNE, we weren’t the only ones looking.

ANNE, an independent artist,  is claiming that UK retailer, Schuh, infringed on her design of the half-faced adorable pup she had created a few years back.

As you can see from the pictures, the designs are strikingly (and quite frankly, identically) similar. However, Schuh is arguing that the latter drawing is in fact of personal expression, and therefore not technically an infringement on ANNE’s copyright.

As per Canadian copyright law, one cannot own the copyright of an idea, only the expression of that idea. This, claiming that he drawing is of one’s own expression is in fact a valid argument.

Will, however, this argument be upheld in court? We have to admit, claiming this issue as a result of individual expression is cutting it close.

What do you think?

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