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

documentary videos.

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

highlight films.