Court rejects lawsuit over Ravens’ 1st logo
A federal appeals court has rejected an amateur artist’s attempt
to bar the NFL from showing the Baltimore Ravens’ original logo in
Frederick Bouchat’s drawing of a winged shield bearing the
letter B was the model for the logo used during the Ravens’ early
years. A jury ruled in 1998 that the Ravens stole the idea, but
didn’t award damages.
The 4th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals in Richmond ruled Tuesday
that glimpses of the ”Flying B” in NFL Films and NFL Network
videos don’t violate Bouchat’s copyright. The court also approved
the logo’s use in a historical display at the Ravens’ stadium.
Previously, Bouchat lost a bid to prevent some NFL licensees
from using the logo but won a case over its commercial use in