Rentmeester v. Nike, Inc., No. 15-35509 (9th Cir. Feb. 27, 2018). The Ninth Circuit affirmed dismissal of plaintiff photojournalist's copyright infringement suit against defendant Nike. The plaintiff alleged that Nike's "Jumpman" logo infringed on a photograph he took of Michael Jordan mid-dunk with the ball raised above his head. The court held that while the plaintiff had a copyright for the photograph and the way the pose was expressed in it, the pose itself was not subject to copyright protection. The court further held that the logo was not substantially similar to the photograph, and thus Nike had not copied enough of the plaintiff's work to constitute unlawful appropriation. The full decision can be read at: http://cdn.ca9.uscourts.gov/datastore/opinions/2018/02/27/15-35509.pdf mc_cid=b08d62be6a&mc_eid=8a2eda70d8.
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