New York Woman Sues Yankees Over Hat Logo
Tanit Buday has recently filed a lawsuit against the New York Yankees, claiming that her uncle created the top hat logo made famous and now used frequently by the professional baseball team. Buday claims that the Yankees acquired the logo from her uncle in the 1930s, but never adequately compensated him. In support of her claim, Buday submitted testimony from a branding expert as well as photos claiming that the logo contains features of her uncle’s signature design. The suit was filed in Manhattan Federal Court Monday claiming copyright infringement and unjust enrichment. A spokesman for the Yankees insists that Buday’s claim has no merit.
Sports historians have acknowledged that the origins of the logo are not definitively known, since there were few efforts to track the intellectual property owners of such designs prior to the 1960s. This was due to the fact that sports merchandise did not become particularly valuable until after this time period. Some sports lawyers have hypothesized that the Yankees logo may be one of the most valuable logos in the world.
Despite arguable validity to her claim, Buday undoubtedly faces a long uphill battle. The Yankees are a very wealthy organization and can afford to go through lengthy litigation. The organization also as an interest in vigorously defending against this complaint to discourage future lawsuits pertaining to intellectual property that it claims it has ownership over. However, the uncertainty of the true origins of the logo does give Buday and her lawyers some hope for victory.
For more on this story see “New York woman claims copyright to Yankees top hat logo” by Jeff Roberts at http://24worldnews.net/sport/new-york-woman-claims-copyright-to-yankees-top-hat-logo/