Artist Barred From Selling His Own Artwork For Daring To Promote University Of Alabama Football Feats

from the this-makes-no-sense dept

I could have sworn we wrote about this case earlier, but I'm searching around and can't find the post. It involves Daniel Moore, a painter and fan of the University of Alabama's football team. Given both those things, he's been painting portraits of some of the team's biggest achievements. Now, you might think that any normal person (or university) would be thrilled that its fans had taken things to the level of painting artistic portraits of the team's greatest moments. What a wonderful statement. Not the University of Alabama, however. It sued Moore for infringement. And while a court found that there's no trademark infringement if no Alabama logos are shown in the paintings, it also said that, even as such, he was barred from selling merchandise (like calendars) based on his paintings. Robert Ring points out that Moore is appealing the ruling, pointing out (reasonably) that if the paintings themselves don't infringe, it seems pretty damn hard to see why merchandise based on those same non-infringing painting would be barred. I'm even confused why there's an issue if the paintings had included Alabama logos. By that logic, any photographs that include a team logo would potentially be infringing as well, which makes no sense. But the biggest issue is why this is even an issue at all. The University should be thrilled that someone is helping promote their team the way Daniel Moore is.


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    Anonymous Coward, Dec 21st, 2009 @ 2:32pm

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    :Lobo Santo (profile), Dec 21st, 2009 @ 2:38pm

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    Dark Helmet (profile), Dec 21st, 2009 @ 2:40pm

    Re: Re: Alzheimer's & Dementia are closely related.

    Aw, c'mon, I actually thought that was rather funny....

     

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    :Lobo Santo (profile), Dec 21st, 2009 @ 2:49pm

    Re: Re: Re: Alzheimer's & Dementia are closely related.

    A tad, but we all know there's more than one writer for this site (unless I'm horribly misled and Mike has several aliases [aliasi?])...

     

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    Anonymous Coward, Dec 21st, 2009 @ 2:49pm

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    :Lobo Santo (profile), Dec 21st, 2009 @ 2:57pm

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    Anonymous Poster, Dec 21st, 2009 @ 3:02pm

    University of Alabama, meet bad press.

    Bad press, meet University of Alabama.

    Yuo two play nice now.

     

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    Anonymous Coward, Dec 21st, 2009 @ 3:36pm

    Poor alabama, first losing to Texas for the NC and now this...

     

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    Chris in Utah (profile), Dec 21st, 2009 @ 4:31pm

    Re: Re: Re: Re: Alzheimer's & Dementia are closely related.

    Lawl. I thought the "we" implied he doesn't operate in a vacuum. As he has pointed out in last weeks post about submitting stories.

    But hey who am I to read too much into something?

     

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    lavi d (profile), Dec 21st, 2009 @ 4:52pm

    Another Day Another Outrage

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    The Anti-Mike, Dec 21st, 2009 @ 6:58pm

    Same answer as always...

    The decision of getting promoted should be up to the university, not to random people. If the University doesn't approve, the discussion should end there.

     

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    Big Al, Dec 21st, 2009 @ 7:53pm

    Re: Same answer as always...

    Which is why we must all go around wearing a permanent gag in case we say something that offends our corporate overlords...

     

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    TDR, Dec 21st, 2009 @ 8:02pm

    Re: Same answer as always...

    Sorry, but no. People are going to use content how THEY want to use it, regardless of anyone's attempt to force them to do otherwise. Smart businesses and individuals learn to take advantage of it and use it to further promote what they do.

    Idiots and dinosaurs, on the other hand, operate under the delusion that they have absolute control over every microscopic thing they can get their hands on. Trying to do that is about as smart as strapping a jet engine onto your car and trying to fly.

    Despite your comments to the contrary, Anti-Mike, you ARE a shill, simply by virtue of your blanket disagreement with every single story that is posted here. Disagreement without thought dominates you. One way or another, you've been bought. Not necessarily by money, and not even necessarily knowingly. But you've bought into the sad, outdated beliefs of the dinosaurs. Which makes you a shill. And an empty puppet.

     

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    johnjac (profile), Dec 21st, 2009 @ 8:36pm

    Mike, Good news you aren't going crazy

    Here is the story you were thinking of
    http://delta.techdirt.com/articles/20091106/0057036818.shtml

    Almost the same story in. Just replace Alabama with Texas, and Football team with buildings.

     

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    Mike Masnick (profile), Dec 21st, 2009 @ 10:11pm

    Re: Mike, Good news you aren't going crazy

    Heh. No, I found the Texas building story. But I distinctly remember the Alabama football story. Even remember the paintings.

    At this point, I'm guessing that it was a story I had open for a while, and then eventually gave up after a couple months in which I never got around to writing it up. It happens.

     

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    known coward, Dec 22nd, 2009 @ 5:55am

    Re: Re: Re: Re: Alzheimer's & Dementia are closely related.

    Maybe he is queen of england, and "we" is refferring to the "royal we", kinda like elton john.


    My serious comment will follow.

     

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    matt, Dec 22nd, 2009 @ 6:02am

    Hook Em

    Would love to say Texas would never do something like this... but they are notorious when it comes to protecting the "brand." Including the color burnt orange.

     

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    known coward, Dec 22nd, 2009 @ 6:05am

    i wonder if the alumni object

    to the stupidity of the school. This does not reflect well on them.

    Let's see the painter is an alabama fan, he is painting pictures glorifying alabama football. Oh yes lets put a stop to that, we do not want to generate any bad will by allowing our fans and supporters to paint football. (even if they had the right to stop them, what rational thought in their brains make them think exercising that right would be a good idea).


    I always had too basic thoughts on how to conduct a business

    1. Do not piss off your customers unnecessarily
    2. Do not get in the way of your customers giving you money.



    They should offer the guy a calendar deal of their own, commission him to paint Alabama football, and put that in the calendar along with shots of the team into the calander.

     

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    Anonymous Coward, Dec 22nd, 2009 @ 7:31am

    As a loyal techdirt reader from the state of Alabama (don't know how many of us there are), I can tell you that Daniel Moore paintings are famous and larger ones are quite valuable. His paintings have made his name generally recognizable and he has been doing this long enough to become a part of Alabama football tradition. So it's a bit stunning to see the university do anything but embrace him and his work.

     

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    Almost Anonymous (profile), Dec 22nd, 2009 @ 7:47am

    """
    But the biggest issue is why this is even an issue at all.
    """

    Mike, I'm surprised. You of all people should know that when the question begins with "why" the answer is almost always "money". You've wrote about this very phenomena, and it *is* quite fascinating. Even if party A would never have done the work itself, that party will fight tooth and nail to prevent party B from somehow profiting off party A's "fame", whatsoever that fame might encompass. They just don't recognize intangible benefits like good will. "Look at that, that jerk is makin' a buck offa me!"

     

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    ISeemToRecall, Dec 23rd, 2009 @ 6:56am

    Re: Re: Mike, Good news you aren't going crazy

    I think that you may be remembering a dispute that arose over paintings of Bear Bryant. I will see if I can dig up the reference.

     

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    ISeemToRecall, Dec 23rd, 2009 @ 6:58am

    Re: Re: Re: Mike, Good news you aren't going crazy

     

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    mhenriday (profile), Dec 27th, 2009 @ 3:42pm

    May I ask what the Hell

    universities are doing in the sports business in the first place ?... Henri

     

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