Kawhi Leonard files lawsuit against Nike over logo copyright
Kawhi Leonard wants his logo back.
The Toronto Raptors forward filed a federal lawsuit against Nike on Monday, claiming that the design of his “Klaw” logo was his and Nike copyrighted it without his permission.
Breaking: Kawhi Leonard has filed a federal lawsuit against Nike. Leonard claims he designed the logo that appeared on his Nike apparel and Nike copyrighted the logo without his consent. pic.twitter.com/LRB0cRTOd0
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Leonard essentially appears to want full control over his personal logo. Nike owns part of the copyright on it, as it was created when the forward was still signed to Jordan Brand. Leonard opted against renewing that contract and joined New Balance last November, but Nike kept the rights to his logo.
Leonard’s logo is so important to him that one potential suitor tried to buy the rights to give to him if he signed there. It seems there will be no need for that now, with the Raptors star opting to settle the matter in court.