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Birmingham Fair Use Battle Could Have Far-Reaching Consequences

Daniel A. Moore is an artist based out of Birmingham whose primary m├ętier is photo-realistic paintings of the Crimson Tide’s sports heroics: Nick Saban holding up the BCS National Championship trophy and looking all beatific, that sort of thing. The university wants to maintain all control of the use of its logos and colors, which seems logical, maybe, when talking about bootleg t-shirts, and slightly less so when talking about one of Moore’s canvases, which people pay money for because of the craft involved, ostensibly. (The University of Alabama’s endowment is $797 million, incidentally.) More than the intricacies of this particular case, however, are what its wider implications are, specifically concerning pop art, which makes fairly liberal use of trademarked logos and such. (Benjamin Sutton, ARTINFO)

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