Court Rules Against Ravens in Original Logo Lawsuit

A federal appeals court has ruled against the Baltimore Ravens and the National Football league in a copyright dispute over the team

This is the logo the Baltimore Ravens used from 1996 to 1998 that is similar to a sketch originally drawn by Frederick E. Bouchat. This logo has been at the center of a copyright infringement lawsuit.

A federal appeals court has ruled against the Baltimore Ravens and the National Football league in a copyright dispute over the team's original logo.

A divided three-judge panel of the 4th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals in Richmond ruled Thursday that the commercial use of the "Flying B" logo in old game films infringes on amateur artist Frederick Bouchat's copyright.

The panel sent the case back to federal court in Baltimore to determine whether an injunction should be issued.

However, the court says the Ravens can use the logo in a team history display at their headquarters.

A jury ruled in 1998 that the Ravens stole the logo idea from Bouchat, but refused to award damages. The logo, a shield with the letter B in the middle and flanked by wings, was used from 1996 through 1998.

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