Is this not the most ridiculous suit you've ever read about -- this guy has been capturing University of Alabama football players in various states of triumph and exaltation, and for this he gets a Lanham Act and trademark suit:
Since 1979, Daniel A. Moore has painted famous football scenes involving the University of Alabama (the “University” or “Alabama”). The paintings feature realistic portrayals of the University’s uniforms, including helmets, jerseys, and crimson and white colors. Moore has reproduced his paintings as prints and calendars, as well as on mugs and other articles.This serves the guy right for venerating 'Bama, I guess.
In 2002, the University told Moore that he would need permission to depict the University’s uniforms because they are trademarks. Moore contended that he did not need permission because the uniforms were being used to realistically portray historical events. The parties could not reach a resolution, and in March 2005, the University sued Moore in the Northern District of Alabama for breach of contract, trademark infringement, and unfair competition.
No good deed goes unpunished.
I blame Nick Saban.