Nike Files to Dismiss Air Jordan Logo Copyright Lawsuit

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A lawsuit filed against Nike back in January claimed the Jumpman logo was infringing on the copyright of one of Jacobus Rentmeester’s images of MJ.

The company responded on Monday filing a motion to dismiss the lawsuit immediately, stating the photographer’s complaint “presents exactly the sort of meritless case that motions to dismiss are intended to address”.

Nike claims that its photo, on which the logo silhouette is based, and Rentmeester’s photo are not “virtually identical” as the law requires.

Another motion has been filed asking that the company be exempt from having to reveal details regarding the Jordan brand business.

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Texas Bill Threatens To Criminalize Photographers; Must Stay 25 Feet Away From Police

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Texas representative Jason Villalba introduced a bill that will restrict the public’s right to record police activity, and turn photographing or recording the men (and women) in blue into a class B misdemeanor. The 25 feet limit jumps to 100 feet for armed photographers.

Villalba claims the sole purpose of the bill is to protect officers in the field, but free speech advocates are enraged.

Certain exceptions are made, allowing very specific media types to photograph police from any distance.

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St. Louis Photographer Sues Authorities over Her Right to Shoot Public Park Portraits

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Is a ban on professional photography in a public park in violation of the First Amendment?

According to Photographer Josephine Havlak and two of her clients, the small village of Twin Oaks should not be allowed to ban professional photography in the village’s only public park.

The ban was implemented after a county executive’s failed attempt to impose a $2,000 yearly permit fee, says Havlak.

The village clerk, however, blames photographers for this situation, in a case that could have a deep impact on the entire industry.

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Justin Bieber’s Defense For Running Over A Paparazzo: “He Refused To Move”, And I Don’t Blame Him

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The singer’s lawyers have requested to dismiss a civil lawsuit filed by paparazzo Walter Lee who claims he was hit by Bieber’s Ferarri back in 2013, arguing it was Lee’s fault.

A video of the incident leaves some doubt as to the paparazzo’s claims and will kind of make you hate anyone holding a camera.

Meanwhile, Bieber tried avoiding a visit to the courthouse in another paparazzi-related lawsuit, claiming it would be too expensive for him to show up.

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Crime Scene Selfie Sent Over Snapchat Leads To Murder Charges

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Snapchat allows users to send messages that disappear within several seconds, but it is possible to take a screenshot of the message.

A 16-year-old teenager from Pennsylvania found this out the hard way after a photo he sent over Snapchat lead to him getting arrested and charged with first-degree murder.

It turns out that a recipient of the murderer’s selfie with the victim’s body took a screenshot of it, and his mother contacted the police with the damning evidence.

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What Photographers Need To Know About Nike Being Sued For Stealing The Air Jordan Logo

If you’ve been following the sports, economic or photography news, you’ve probably heard about the photographer suing Nike for violating the copyright of one of his Michael Jordan images, while creating the famous shoes and athletic clothing brand.

Obviously the lawsuit made headlines due to it involving one of the most powerful sports brands and the greatest player to have held a basketball. I mean, such violations occur on a daily basis. So strip the story of the big names, and aren’t we left with just another boring copyright case? Absolutely not, and that’s what I believe most photographers have been missing.

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Painter Found Guilty Of Plagiarism For Painting A Photo. Claims Format And Color Contrasts Are Different

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Side by side. Tuymans’ painting and Van Giel’s Photo.

A Belgian court has recently found Luc Tuymans’ painting of a local politician to be in breach of a photographer’s copyright.

The photographer whose photo was copied, Katrijn Van Giel, sued the painter leading to his conviction of plagiarism.

Originally sued for $57,000, Tuyman’s could end up paying over half a million Dollars if caught again.

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