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Baltimore Ravens Logo Creator Wins Infringement Case Empty-Handed

RICHMOND, VA. (CN) - The creator of a drawing that became the logo for the Baltimore Ravens football team may not recover damages for copyright infringement, the Fourth Circuit ruled.

Though Frederick Bouchat proved that several hundred licensees, including K-Mart and Wal-Mart, had infringed on his copyright, the court found he was ineligible for damages because he failed to register the copyright before the infringement occurred. Concurring, Judge Niemeyer questioned whether copyright law should let Bouchat file separate damages claims against each member of the distribution claim, allowing him to "proceed piecemeal against the gamut of infringers." See ruling in Bouchat v. K-Mart.


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