The brand G-Star Raw, has accused Portuguese company Tiffosi (VNC textile group) of copyright infringement for producing a similar version of their pair of trousers, a sweatshirt and t-shirt.

The Court of Appeal in Lisbon concluded that the items and graphic designs in question are "intellectual and artistic works" and cannot be assigned as a "blatant copy – decal type - to which the defendant proceeded".

"If the so called clothing items themselves are ordinary or mundane - simple trousers, t-shirts and sweatshirts –, the same cannot be said for the graphic representation they hold, which reflects the innovative and creative spirit of its author, claiming for inherent protection on a legal level", in reference to the judgment, which may still be appealed.

The Court of Appeal thus upheld the judgment of the lower court, ordering the destruction of the copied items, further condemning the company from Vila Nova de Famalicão (Portugal) to pay the plaintiff the sum equal to the profits which it made from the total sales of those products.

The company will also have to pay 300 euros for each day of copyright infringement made to the plaintiff, starting from the final sentence of this judgement

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