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Zebra Crossing

Sam Kerr at Lie-ins and Tigers offers Paul Smith fans a visual treat (Te Smith, this one's for you!):

But if Mother Nature really did adopt Sir Paul's signature stripes, could the designer seek legal redress?  Well, most stripes are probably too commonplace to be copyrighted, but in a number of cases courts have found that complex striped patterns are sufficiently original to merit protection.  So feel free to wear colorful stripes -- or hang them by the chimney with care, for that matter -- but avoid copying, lest you end up wearing stripes of another sort.

For more on this seemingly innocuous pattern, read The Devil's Cloth: A History of Stripes -- and then ask yourself why lawyers' pinstriped suits seem so appropriate.