Judge rips art company over unicorn copyright lawsuit during coronavirus pandemic


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Perhaps worry about counterfeit unicorns after the pandemic?

A federal judge eviscerated an art company for demanding a hearing for its copyright infringement lawsuit — over products featuring “life-like portrayals” of mythical creatures like unicorns and dragons — while the coronavirus brings society to its knees.

“There are phone cases featuring elves and unicorns, and a unicorn running beneath a castle lit by a full moon. Meanwhile, the world is in the midst of a global pandemic,” Chicago federal Judge Steven Seeger deadpanned in a March 18 ruling.

Spain-based company Art Ask Agency owns the license to designs by British artist Anne Stokes, including one depicting the “interlocking heads of two amorous-looking unicorns” and works with titles like “Spell Weaver” and “Summon the Reaper.”

The company claims that unnamed China-based companies have been ripping off Stokes’ designs, which are emblazoned on goods like camping tents and pocketbooks, and are using them for knock-off products.

Art Ask Agency asked Seeger

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