A federal judge ruled in favor of artist, Daniel Moore, who painted scenes of Crimson Tide football games without permission from the University. The University sued Moore in 2005, for selling reissued licensed prints without paying royalties to the University. Moore stated he is protected by the U.S. Constitution, in the fact that his artwork is clarified speech. U.S. District Court Judge Robert Propst, in an opinion issued on November 2nd, rejected the University’s argument that Moore’s paintings showed “trade dress”. Judge Propst stated that, “the depiction of uniforms is incidental to the purpose of paintings”.
The decision made by the judge has been considered a significant victory for all artists.