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    Post Al Davis has lost it

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    Raiders' suit seeks new look for Bucs
    TAMPA BAY'S LOGO MAJOR ISSUE IN CASE
    By Barry Witt
    Mercury News

    Maybe Raiders quarterback Rich Gannon was confused by the skull and crossed swords logo on the Tampa Bay Buccaneers' helmets when he threw five interceptions in Super Bowl XXXVII in January.

    Attorneys for Oakland team owner Al Davis didn't go that far Tuesday in a downtown San Jose courtroom, but they did argue that the Buccaneers should not be allowed to wear their current uniforms for games in California because Tampa Bay's logo violates the Raiders' trademark rights under state law.

    In seeking a court order against the NFL, the Raiders also want the Carolina Panthers to come up with new uniforms for games in California because two of their colors -- silver and black -- match those of the Raiders.

    Court papers filed by the Raiders say the Buccaneers' logo ``is likely to dilute the distinctive quality of the Raiders' mark, thereby lessening its capacity to identify the Raiders and causing irreparable harm that cannot adequately be compensated by an award of damages.''

    The case is one of many legal battles involving the Raiders. It is being heard at the same time another team of Raiders attorneys is in Sacramento asking a jury for upward of $1 billion in damages from the Oakland Coliseum for allegedly misrepresenting sales of season tickets.

    NFL attorneys, saying there will always be overlap among logos and colors, have asked Santa Clara County Superior Court Judge John Herlihy to throw out the Raiders' request, arguing the interstate commerce clause of the U.S. Constitution prohibits a state from intervening.

    If the Raiders were to prevail, NFL attorney James Hunt said, then other states could retaliate. To protect the Detroit Lions, for example, Hunt said ``Michigan could say any uniforms featuring predatory cats'' would be prohibited in that state, given that the Panthers and Jacksonville Jaguars also have such animals in their logos.

    Tampa Bay introduced its new logo in 1997, replacing ``Bucco Bruce,'' the winking, feathered pirate that had come to symbolize the franchise's weakness over many years.

    The Raiders say the NFL ignored their objections to the new logo and to the color scheme adopted by the Panthers when that team entered the league in 1995. For more than four decades, the Raiders have used silver and black as the team colors and an eye-patch-wearing man in a football helmet in front of crossed swords as the team logo.

    Herlihy did not rule on the issue, but he seemed sympathetic to the NFL's position.

    If California tells Tampa Bay to wear a new uniform for games in this state, then Florida might say ``when the Raiders come to Florida, get that logo off your uniform,'' Herlihy said, suggesting the Raiders might ``put a daisy on your uniform'' as an alternative to their pirate.

    Raiders attorney Simon Frankel argued that some NFL teams already have adopted a ``third'' jersey in addition to their regular home and away uniforms, so it wouldn't be a big deal to ask the Buccaneers and Panthers to wear something else for games in the state.

    The trademark issue is one of a handful that remain in an everything-but-the-kitchen-sink style lawsuit the Raiders originally filed in 1996 listing multiple grievances against the league and Commissioner Paul Tagliabue. Some of the issues were transferred to courts in Los Angeles, where another Raiders case against the league is being fought; many others already have been dismissed by Herlihy.

    In addition to the trademark claim, one other issue set for trial in June is a Raiders allegation that NFL Properties, a separate company that markets products with league and team logos, failed to use its best efforts to sell merchandise, costing the Raiders money as an equal shareholder in the company with all other NFL teams.

    The Raiders' attorneys on Tuesday told Herlihy that they might need a further delay of that trial because the Sacramento case already is projected to take longer than previously expected.


    There is no way that anybody could confuse the Raiders uniform with the Panthers or the Bucs.
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    That's just completely stupid. Do they look alike, somewhat. ARe the completely different? Definitely... so I don't see how you could have a copywright violation here.

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    hahahaha...that's a stupid lawsuit, regarding what they said about Bucs logo.

    As stupid as the old lady back in mid1980s who bought coffee from McDonalds, put it between her legs while she was driving, the coffee spilled, she sued McDonalds for coffee that scalded her skin.....

    and the damn ™™™™™™ won!!

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    Isn't coffee supposed to be hot? Sure, if you make coffee, drink some, and leave the rest...then coffee gets cold. But, whoever makes coffee cold in the first place?


    lol

    talk about silly lawsuits.

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    This is an insane lawsuit. The only reason he's filing a lawsuit is because he's greedy for more money and power. The logos look similar but not exactly alike. Davis is crazy.

    Tim

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    Originally posted by stkmtimo
    This is an insane lawsuit. The only reason he's filing a lawsuit is because he's greedy for more money and power. The logos look similar but not exactly alike. Davis is crazy.

    Tim
    I think he is doing it to get some revenge back on the Bucs who killed the Raiders in the Super Bowl. But I have no clue why he is going after the Panthers.
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    Al Davis eyes are bad, The logos probably do look alike to him.

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    How long will it be before the Raiders even play Carolina in Oakland again? Davis is just a classic case of someone who needs to ™™™™™ and since they lost the Super Bowl, he's getting his ™™™™™ing on.

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    Originally posted by wdwain
    Al Davis eyes are bad, The logos probably do look alike to him.
    LOL that is one of the funniest things I had read all day.

    Well if that's the case then maybe Al will start going after all of the teams in the next couple of years.
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