Arguably one of the “most vexing” questions in all of copyright law will be answered this year.  Or at least that is what many in the furniture and fashion industry are hoping.

The question is what test should be used to determine when a feature of a “useful article” is protectable under the copyright laws. 

Aereo, Inc. thought it had found a legal and clever way to deliver broadcast television programming to its subscribers inexpensively via the Internet.  Aereo “rented” equipment to its subscribers that captured and streamed broadcast programming at about the same time the programs broadcast over the air.

Aereo had designed its business model to take advantage