New York based photographer Jacobus Rentmeester is accusing Nike of violating the copyright of a photo he took of Michael Jordan in 1984, one that he claims later served as the basis of Jordan Brand’s now world-famous Jumpman logo. Rentmeester is seeking an unspecified amount in damages, but given that the iconic logo has been embroidered on nearly everything associated with Jordan for the past 30 years, we can only imagine how much he’s asking for. A lawsuit was filed in federal court in Portland, Oregon earlier this year and accuses that Nike has known for decades the true inspiration behind the Jumpman logo.
I’m curious to see how this thing plays out.