3 Count: Obey the Klaw

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1: Judge Knocks Down NBA Star Kawhi Leonard’s Claim that Nike Stole Copyright of His ‘Klaw’ Logo

First off today, Maxine Bernstein at The Oregonian reports that a federal judge has tossed a lawsuit filed by NBA star Kawhi Leonard against Nike over alleged infringement of his “Klaw” logo.

The lawsuit was filed in June 2019 when he claimed that Nike illegally copied his personal logo that he had created in college. The logo, which featured a drawing of his large hand, jersey number and initials. He forwarded that logo to Nike in 2014 but the contract between the two ended in September 2018.

However, the judge ruled that there was not adequate similarity between the two works to sustain a copyright infringement claim. According to the judge, the Nike logo was an independent creation by the company’s team of designers and the similarities between the two could not be protected by copyright.

2: Lawsuit alleges Apple Involved in ‘Flagrant’ Music Piracy on iTunes

Next up today, Mike Peterson at Apple Insider reports that yet another music publisher has filed a lawsuit against Apple over alleged piracy in the iTunes store.

The lawsuit was filed by SA Music LLC, which accuses the Pickwick music distribution company of re-recording music without the necessary mechanical licenses and then using Apple’s iTunes to both sell that music to the public and offer it for streaming. The case is similar to other lawsuits filed against Apple, which accuses the company of knowingly partnering with questionable music companies in a bid to fill its library.

The lawsuit is seeking both damages, legal costs and a permanent injunction barring any further infringement of the songs in question.

3: Photographer Sues Sinclair Television Group For Copyright Infringement

Finally today, Kirsten Errick at Law Street reports that the Liebowitz Law Firm has filed another lawsuit on behalf of a photographer, this time representing Anthony Ayiomamitis in his case against Sinclair Television Group.

According to the lawsuit, on April 6 Sinclair ran an article on its website bout the “Pink Supermoon” and used a photograph taken by Ayiomamitis as part of it. The case follows a pattern for the Liebowitz firm, which has filed hundreds of lawsuits on behalf of photographers against sites and companies that make commercial use of their images.

The lawsuit claims that the infringement was willful and intentional. As such, it seeks legal costs damages and n injunction barring any further infringement of the image.

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