The lawsuit against Nike/Jordan Brand by a photographer Jacobus Rentmeester claiming that they used one of his photographs to create the Jordan Brand Jumpman logo and created a very similar picture to one that he took of Michael has been dismissed.
Via The Oregonian:
“Rentmeester filed a lawsuit in January saying Nike paid him $150 in 1984 for temporary use of two 35mm transparencies of the eventual Hall of Fame basketball player he shot for Life magazine. The following year, Nike shot a photograph of a soaring Jordan, a scene that led to creating the Jordan Brand logo.
After his analysis of the two photos, Mosman writes, “Mr. Rentmeester has shot another brick and failed to meet the objective test for copyright infringement.”
In addition to the 1984 payment, the lawsuit says Nike paid Rentmeester $15,000 in March 1985 for a limited license to use the image of the soaring Jordan for two years. The photographer’s lawsuit accuses Nike of exceeding the agreement with marketing materials including the 1987-created Jumpman logo — a silhouette inspired by a soaring image.
In siding with Nike, Mosman writes in his 14-page opinion that “the only arguably original part of Mr. Rentmeester’s selection and arrangement is that the photograph was taken outside as opposed to inside a gym.”
via: The Oregonian