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The Faroese knitwear killing is over

Fashion house loses legal fight to stop cheap sales of the jumper made famous by Sofie Gråbdøl


The court decided that there wasn't any violation of copyright (Photo: DR/Tine Harden)

August 12, 2014
17:00

by Federica Palomba


A Faroese fashion house has lost its court case to prevent the sale of cheap imitations of the sweater made famous by actress Sofie Gråbøl in The Killing.

Gudrun & Gudrun's garment became a must-have item after its appearance in the detective TV series filmed in Copenhagen. The jumper even had its own tribute website.  

A snip at a sixth of the price
The case began last year when Gudrun & Gudrun launched a legal claim against a Danish company, Stof og Sy, for making a cheaper version of the sweater, albeit one that the customer needed to make themselves. The kit cost 375 kroner compared to the original version's cost of 2,250 kroner. 

Godrun & Godrun argued that the Danish brand had violated copyright laws by replicating the star-patterned design. 

However, the court ruled in favour of Stof og Sy after argumentation that the stars are a traditional, long-established pattern that can't be copyrighted.



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