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Protection of applied art works by copyright in France: Counterfeiters wear out their shoe leather before French Courts

The Court of First Instance in Paris recently ruled that the sandals EXTREME DIOR created by Christian Dior was entitled to copyright protection as per French law, underlining that the originality of shoes was based in the combination of its characteristics notwithstanding the fact that each of the characteristics separately was banal or part of the public domain. We publish the article written by Jean-Mathieu Bertho and Olympe Vanner published on the English web-based legal forum "Lexology":