In June 2004, the Lancome opinion from the Netherlands held that perfume compositions are copyrightable. NautaDutilh, the firm that represented Lancome, claimed the ruling was "internationally groundbreaking."
The thesis of this paper is that the Dutch Court erred in protecting compositions rather than scents or fragrances. As discussed below, such an approach runs afoul of basic copyright principles here and abroad.
IDEA: The Journal of Law and Technology
Thomas G. Field, Jr., "Copyright Protection for Perfumes," 45 IDEA 19 (2004-05).