Thursday, April 21, 2011

Legal action over Yankees' top hat/bat logo

A headline on Reuters New York woman claims copyright to Yankees top hat logo but the underlying dispute is over a trademark, specifically the Yankees' top hat perched on a baseball bat. The ultimate issue might reside in contract, as to whether Kenneth Timur was compensated for his 1936 design work.

A suit was filed in SD NY by Tanit Buday, niece of the now-deceased Timur.

Of the current dispute, CNN writes

Buday explains that her uncle was not aware that the Yankees adopted the logo until he immigrated to America in 1947 and was asked to revise the logo for their 1952 celebration of 50 years based in New York City.

She claims Timur was hopeful that this time the sports franchise would offer him some kind of recognition, but took the opportunity to "sign" his work with a "P." Instead of 1903 to 1952, the logo appears as "1P03-1952" on the patches of the uniform.


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