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Nike's 'Jumpman' Logo Doesn't Infringe IP, 9th Circ. Says

Law360 (February 27, 2018, 8:08 PM EST) -- A split Ninth Circuit panel on Tuesday rejected a copyright lawsuit against Nike Inc. over the apparel giant’s iconic “Jumpman” logo, ruling it wasn't substantially similar to a photographer’s 1984 image of Michael Jordan.

The panel ruled 2-1 that Nike did not copy enough details of Jacobus Rentmeester's photo of Michael Jordan to establish unlawful appropriation. (AP) The panel ruled 2-1 that Nike did not copy enough details of Jacobus Rentmeester’s photo of Jordan to establish unlawful appropriation. The majority held that although Nike’s photographer borrowed...
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Case Title

Jacobus Rentmeester v. Nike, Inc.


Case Number

15-35509

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Appellate - 9th Circuit

Nature of Suit

3820 Copyright

Date Filed

June 19, 2015

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