Eddie Van Halen Goes After Nike Over Shoe Design

Yesterday we shared with you a couple of the latest instances of the more interesting fashion design lawsuits of the week, but it turns out we weren’t quite done, as the best one was just waiting in the wings. Musician Eddie Van Halen has filed a suit against the Nike for copyright infringement over a pair of shoes they’d recently released that feature a pattern similar to a guitar Van Halen uses, specifically, “the Frankenstein,” which he has had copyrighted since 2001, according to Women’s Wear Daily. Apparently this isn’t just some accident either, the two items looking similar, as Nike had hired a firm who specifically designs merchandise to resemble music-related paraphernalia. Now Van Halen wants all the shoes rounded up and destroyed, while Nike doesn’t sound ready to give in, likely aware at how difficult these types of cases are to win in court:

In a statement provided to [Footwear News] by a brand spokesperson, Nike said it was aware of the lawsuit but did not believe it to have merit. “Based on the information provided to us, we have not infringed on any rights held by Mr. Van Halen,” it said. “Nike’s Dunk shoe design is not substantially similar to any of the Van Halen designs, and Nike has not referenced the ‘Van Halen’ name or image as part of any marketing campaign or promotional material associated with the shoe.”

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