FROM THE DESK OF THE CO-EDITORS-IN-CHIEF

Volume 59, Issue 4, begins with The Utility of Prettiness: Copyright Protection for Mardi Gras Indian Suits in the Era of the Useful Article Analysis by Los Angeles attorney Azita Mirzaian. In her article, the au- thor examines the courts’ past treatment of useful articles and the way in which they have handled costume-like clothing. She concludes that cer- tain Mardi Gras costumes should be given copyright protection as “sculp- tural works of art” because of all the time and money invested in making them, because they have been exhibited in museums as examples of Afri- can-American folk art, and because copyright protection for the costumes would provide deserved recognition for the artistic and cultural contribu- tions of the Mardi Gras Indians.