Federal judge dismisses UA trademark lawsuit

BIRMINGHAM, Ala. (AP) — A
federal judge has dismissed a trademark infringement lawsuit the
University of Alabama filed against an artist for painting scenes from
school football games and transferring his work to other mediums.

 U.S. District Court judge ruled in favor of artist Daniel A. Moore on Friday.

Moore
has been painting scenes from UA football games since 1979. In 2002,
the school told him that he needed to get their permission before
painting the team's uniforms because they're trademarked.

Moore's
attorney, Stephen Heninger says Moore's paintings and renderings of
school football games should qualify as free speech if the artwork is
transferred to other mediums — like mugs, calendars and other materials.

The school sued Moore in 2005 for breach of contract, trademark infringement and unfair competition.