DALLAS, March 22, 2017 /PRNewswire/ -- Varsity Brands today issued the following statement in response to the Supreme Court's 6-2 ruling in STAR ATHLETICA, L.L.C. v. VARSITY BRANDS, INC., that the Company's two-dimensional graphic designs on cheer uniforms are worthy of copyright protection.
Jeff Webb, Founder and Chairman of Varsity Brands, stated, "Today's favorable ruling represents the culmination of years of hard work to protect our original design, and we are of course gratified by the outcome and what it means for our business. But more fundamentally, we were honored to serve as advocates and fighters for the basic idea that designers everywhere can create excellent work and make investments in their future without fear of having it stolen or copied."
Burton Brillhart, Varsity Brands' Chief Legal Officer, added, "This was a hard-won case and the outcome would not have been possible without the extraordinary intellect, hard work and advocacy of our broader legal team. I want to thank our Supreme Court counsel, Willy Jay of Goodwin Procter LLP, for his incredibly effective and wise counsel. I also want to recognize our trial and appellate counsel, Baker Donelson and Cowan, Liebowitz & Latman, P.C., who have all served as skilled and passionate advocates on our behalf."
About Varsity Brands
With a mission to inspire achievement and create memorable experiences for young people, Varsity Brands elevates the student experience, promotes participation and celebrates achievement through three unique but interrelated businesses: Herff Jones, A Varsity Achievement Brand; BSN SPORTS, a Varsity Sport Brand; and Varsity Spirit. Together, these assets promote personal, school and community pride through their customizable products and programs to elementary and middle schools, high schools, and colleges and universities, as well as church organizations, professional and collegiate sports teams and corporations. Through its 8,600 dedicated employees and independent representatives, Varsity Brands reaches its individual and institutional customers each year via catalog, telesales, e-commerce sites and direct sales channels.
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