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Nike successfully plays defence in Jumpman copyright appeal

Michael Loney, New York

The Ninth Circuit has found that a photo taken by a Nike photographer used to create the iconic “Jumpman” image is not substantially similar to a photo of Michael Jordan taken in 1984 because they only share similarities in general ideas or concepts

The Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit panel has affirmed the district court’s dismissal of a copyright infringement action involving Nike’s iconic "Jumpman" logo on its Air Jordan sneakers.

The case involves a famous photograph Jacob Rentmeester...

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