Appeals Court Rejects Co Rentmeester’s Copyright Claim Against Nike

February 28, 2018

By David Walker

©Co Rentmeester (left); ©Nike (right)

An appeals court says Nike's image of Michael Jordan (right) is not "substantially similar" to Co Rentmeester's image (left), so Nike is not liable for copyright infringement.

The Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals has rejected photographer Co Rentmeester’s copyright infringement claim against Nike, affirming a lower court decision that Nike’s famous “Jumpman” logo and the photograph on which that logo was based are not “substantially similar” to a photograph by Rentmeester. The decision was handed down yesterday. The case underscores one of the basic principles of copyright...

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