May 7, 2020
Sarah Prager

A Bi Advocacy Group Claimed Copyright Over the Bi Pride Flag. Activists Were Outraged

Winterfeldt IP Group Principal Brian Winterfeldt was quoted in an article on LGBTQ+ news site in an article regarding the Bi Pride flag copyright controversy. In late April 2020, BiNet USA's president posted tweets asserting the group's ownership of the flag and its colors. Brian advised, "“The Copyright Office will not register ‘a simple combination of a few familiar symbols or designs’ unless it has, in addition, matter reflecting a higher degree of creativity...Although pride flags are not listed among the explicitly unprotectable designs, the genre almost as a rule simply includes recognized LGBTQ+ symbols in simple, easily reproduced patterns.”

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