Ravens Logo Appeal Threatens Filmmaker Rights, MPAA Says

By Ben James (April 9, 2013, 8:09 PM EDT) -- The Motion Picture Association of America Inc. urged the Fourth Circuit Monday to affirm a win for NFL Enterprises LLC and the Baltimore Ravens in a copyright fight over an early Ravens logo, arguing that reviving the case would undermine filmmakers' ability to accurately depict the world.

The MPAA, along with the International Documentary Association and nonprofit group Film Independent, filed an amicus brief encouraging the Fourth Circuit to reject an appeal from Frederick Bouchat — who says the Ravens' "Flying B" logo is a rip-off of a design he created — and uphold a trial court's conclusion that the use...

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