A photographer by the name of Jacobus Rentmeester shot an image for a Life Magazine special back in 1984 and it’s identical to the famous Nike Jump Man mascot… And after 30 years of Nike using this identical image as their logo, the photographer has filed a lawsuit claiming the brand has unlawfully been using his photo, violating his image copyright.
According to Sneakermob.com
In February of 1985, Nike is claimed to have created its own version Rentmeester’s image and upon being threatened with litigation, agreed to pay Rentmeester $15,000 for a two-year limited license of the Jordan image. However, the suit claims that The Swoosh violated the agreement by creating the iconic Jumpman logo in 1987, an image which Rentmeester insists he is ‘the continuous and exclusive owner of the copyright.’
Nike is now bigger than ever, so if Rentmeester had been patiently waiting for a big pay day he’s cashing in at the right time. That said, it will be interesting to see how the controversy over the Jumpman logo plays out.
He waited 30 years though?