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Tuesday, August 21, 2007

Chinese Company Liable For Stealing Air Jordan Logo

Nike recently won a lawsuit against a Chinese shoemaker for copyright infringement. http://kstp.com/article/stories/S172468.shtml?cat=140 According to a local article, the Chinese company had been pirating the famous picture of Michael Jordan sailing through the air and dunking a basketball. While the sneaker giant was awarded a mere $41,500, it is an interesting story as intellectual property disputes transcend international boundaries. One wonders, however, whether the outcome would be the same if it was a lesser known U.S. Company which had little or no Chinese presence.

1 comment:

Anonymous said...

Sources report that the Chinese company was selling its version of the shoes for $13 a pair. The Chinese company's princple argument is that the Air Jordan symbol was not recognizable to the Chinese culture.