UPDATE – BIRMINGHAM, Ala. (WIAT) -
The long legal fight between artist Daniel A. Moore and the University of Alabama appears to be over. A judge’s ruling late Friday denied the remaining charges of copyright infringement leveled at the artist.
“I screamed so loud my wife thought that our cat was hurt or something,” was Moore’s first reaction to the ruling. After eight years of litigation and 11 total of fighting with his alma mater – the legal battle over his vision of alabama football seems to be done. “And when i saw the short order, I literally started shaking,” Moore adds.
The 11th Circuit Court of Appeals in Atlanta struck down most of UA’s arguments last year. Leaving the use of Moore’s works on “mundane” items, like coffee mugs and t-shirts for a lower court to deal with. Moore’s attorney Steve Heninger says that ruling was made late Friday afternoon. “I hope it brings some common sense and judgement into whatever office it is in Tuscaloosa that decided to sue daniel moore, and decided to sue the houndstooth mafia, and tried to bring a claim against the bakery for the cookies that they were buying themselves,” Heninger says.
From the “Goal Line Stand” against Penn State, to “Liberty” commemorating Bear Bryant’s last win as coach, Moore has captured some of the most iconic plays in Alabama football history over the last several decades on canvass. Some like “Maximum Block”, even during the lawsuit.
And now that all of the legal battles appear to be over, he hopes for a reconciliation with the school and football program he loves so much. “They say with God all things are possible. And it would take nothing short of a miracle to get us back together,” he says.
He’s already started on his new painting, called “High Tide”, it depicting Amari Cooper going up and over a Georgia defender during last years SEC championship game.
Heninger says the University can appeal the judge’s ruling. Several calls were made to the University’s Media Relations department this afternoon seeking comment. None of them were returned.
TUSCALOOSA, Ala. (WIAT) – A federal judge has dismissed a trademark infringement lawsuit the University of Alabama filed against Daniel Moore.
He’s the artist well known for painting scenes of UA football games.Three years after telling Moore he could no longer paint the team’s uniforms because they’re trademarked, the school sued him for breach of contract, trademark infringement and unfair competition.
Tonight on CBS42 News at 10, we sit down with Daniel Moore and his lawyer.
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