Toronto Designer Accuses Cemetery of Copyright Infringement

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Toronto interior designer Laura Abanil is accusing a Toronto cemetery of copying the tombstone pattern she says she conceived to honour her mom.

But lawyers for the Catholic Cemeteries Archdiocese of Toronto counter the work was created under contract by another firm and the copyright belongs to them and the contract firm.

The disagreement revolves around who holds the copyright to a specific combination of common or stock images.