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Good fact pattern for law professors. Tough fact pattern for lawyers.
Murketing: “Cassius Clay, Appropriation, Sport, Free Speech and the Law.” An artist saw a 1965 photo of Muhammed Ali, then named Cassius Clay, wearing a t-shirt emblazoned with his own CASSIUS CLAY logo (logo depicted above). The artist discusses his creation of shirts today with the logo, and his own research into the cases distinguishing between trademark use and free speech, such as the Tiger Woods and Three Stooges cases. HT 43(B)log.
Among all the issues raised in the article, I’ll merely note in passing that treating 250 skate boards as a platform for First Amendment speech is problematic for IP rights holders.
Background: Muhammad Ali Sells 80% of His Name