Nike 'Jumpman' Copyright Case Taken To Supreme Court

Law360 (December 5, 2018, 6:12 PM EST) -- A photographer is pushing the U.S. Supreme Court to revive a copyright lawsuit that claimed Nike infringed his image of Michael Jordan to create the iconic “Jumpman” logo, arguing a ruling that ended his case treated photography as “a second-class art.”

In a petition filed Monday, Jacobus Rentmeester told the justices that the ruling in favor of Nike, issued by the Ninth Circuit in February, created a sharp split with how other circuits have handled photo copyrights, improperly according photography “markedly thinner protection than any other art form.”

“Its decision articulates a novel, restrictive, and deeply flawed theory of copyright protection...

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