27 Schools Back Alabama in Trademark Suit

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TUSCALOOSA, Ala. (AP) - Twenty-seven universities have filed
briefs supporting the University of Alabama in a lawsuit against
sports artist Daniel Moore.

The Tuscaloosa News reported Tuesday that every Southeastern
Conference school except Mississippi State was among those who
asked the U.S. 11th Circuit Court of Appeals on July 1 to let them
argue with Alabama in an amicus brief in the 5-year-old trademark
violation suit.

Alabama alleged that Moore painted scenes from Crimson Tide
football games without permission from the university. The suit
also claims Moore reissued previously licensed prints without
paying royalties.

A federal judge ruled in November that Moore's paintings did not
violate trademark law but said Moore's sale of paintings on mugs,
T-shirts and other items did infringe on Alabama's trademark.

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