Code of non-infringement

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The Code of Non-Infringement (or "The Code") refers to the accepted business practice and custom among certain performance artists, particularly clowns, that an artist's unique performance attributes are proprietary and cannot be used or claimed by another. Among clowns, these attributes may include stage names, costume elements, facial designs, as well as a clown's specific jokes or "gags" and "bits".

According to the code, no two performers may have exactly the same face or costume. Clown performers believe that the code is independent of any protection that may be afforded by the law, particularly intellectual property law.[citation needed]

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