Thursday, August 10, 2006

I'll go with magenta and turquoise

I've had my say before on the University of Alabama's lawsuit against football artist Daniel Moore, which finally has crawled (as is common) to the point at which both sides are demanding dismissal of the other party's claims. But The Birmingham News today points out something I had missed last year in the initial hue and cry over the case: The university's argument in the trademark infringement lawsuit is based in part on Moore's use of the colors crimson and white in his paintings.

Seriously. Here's the relevant passage: "As any football fan can attest, the university's crimson and white colors are well-known, and such combinations can be protected as distinctive."

Protect a color combination of your own in the comments.


Blogger Sheila said...

I kind of dance around this issue in some of my artwork. I have one painting of a football jersey that happens to be as close to crimson as I can get it. I am so afeared of my alma mater. Seriously, I do avoid any A and my elephants don't look like Big Al or the trademark elephant which I think looks crappy. They're probably gonna come after me now for using Alabama but I'm referring to the state not the team. That's my story and I'm sticking to it. Roll Tide and leave Daniel alone.

3:25 PM  
Anonymous James Lawson said...

Being an Oklahoma Sooner fan living in Alabama, I have lost count of the number of times I have been called a derogatory name just because the Sooner team colors are similar to Tide team colors.

7:54 PM  
Blogger Alabamian said...

Sheila, I personally preferred the old Alabama logo with the elephant's head protruding through the big A. But I've never claimed to make UA's marketing decisions.

James, what do you think about the Sooners this year? Are they still contenders for the Big 12 and national titles, or did their chances go out the window with the big QB dismissal earlier this month?

12:15 AM  

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