Friday, September 19, 2008

"Please know that you need to remove our logo and the NFL logo from all images"

The Washington Post reports on the latest squabble involving sports artists and trademark rights. At her 43(B)log, Rebecca Tushnet has a pithy summary: "painter paints a picture of Redskins player in uniform; wishes to sell painting; now there’s a dispute over the presence of Redskins [trade]marks in the painting."

Tushnet is also quoted within the article: "The idea in general is that we want artists to be able to portray the world as they see it, and we live in a heavily branded world."

She mentions the Tiger Woods case. There is also the University of Alabama's ongoing lawsuit against sports artist Daniel Moore. Both cases are discussed here.