Daniel A. Moore, who painted â€œThe Sackâ€ and scores of other renditions of signal moments in Alabama football history, said he felt something similar last year, when his fax machine began to spit out a lawsuit from the university.
Mr. Mooreâ€™s paintings, reproduced in prints and on merchandise, violated the universityâ€™s trademark rights, the suit said. It asked a federal judge to forbid him to, among other things, use the universityâ€™s â€œfamous crimson and white color scheme.â€
Athletes, sports leagues and universities around the nation have become increasingly aggressive in protecting what they say is their intellectual property, and their claims have met with a mixed response from judges and fans. But almost no one here thinks the suit against Mr. Moore is a good idea.