Apple Judge Dubious Designer’s Emoji Skin Tones Protectable

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By Dorothy Atkins (February 3, 2022, 6:14 PM EST) — A designer on Thursday urged a California federal judge to keep alive her copyright infringement lawsuit alleging Apple ripped off five skin tones and emoji patterns , faced with a skeptical judge who repeatedly told the lawyer that “it doesn’t seem like they copied anything copyrightable.”

In a hearing held via Zoom, Craig Depew of Patterson & Sheridan LLP, who represents Cub Club Investment LLC founder Katrina A. Parrott, argued that U.S. District Judge Vince Chhabria should deny Apple’s motion in September.

But the judge said the problem with the case was that “it’s just an emoji”.

“It’s just…

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