Lawsuit in the Bottom of the Ninth

May 6, 2008

The Curtis Publishing Company is suing ESPN over the use of a Norman Rockwell painting in their documentary, The Bronx is Burning, about the 1977 Yanks. Curtis let ESPN know that they didn’t have a license to use the image by email, which if you ask me is way more environmentally friendly. We should follow their example.

Back to the story… Curtis Publishing is claiming that ESPN knowingly committed copyright violation. Here’s a suggestion for ESPN: every lawyer knows that copyright extends for the artist’s lifetime until 70 years after they kick it, right? So, since you guys are worth, like, a lot of money, why not use one that I’m sure you have somewhere on staff and ask them these things before using someone’s art in your documentaries?

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