Skateboard Graphic Artist, Wesley Humpston has filed a lawsuit in the California Central District Court against Jack Black, Tony Hawk, and the Berrics for Copyright Infringement.
The plaintiff alleges that the defendants’ are using its Skateboard Graphic Design on skateboards signed by Jack Black in social media posts used to promote Activision’s Tony Hawk’s Pro Skater 1+2 video game without permission or authorization.
The plaintiff reportedly said that he started designing art for the bottom of skateboards in 1975 and describes himself as “The Godfather of Skateboard Art”.
The plaintiff reportedly said that it obtained a copyright for the “BigFoot Graphic” in 2007 with a date of creation of 1979 and has no licensing agreements for the design’s use by other parties.
According to the lawsuit, Humpston alleges that the defendants have benefitted from the unjust use of the BigFoot Graphic to promote and increase sales of Tony Hawk’s Pro Skater 1+2.
The plaintiff reportedly said that the infringement has caused lots of damages, confusion, and violation of California law against unfair competition.
The plaintiff seeks a jury, permanent injunction, and payment for damages and others as the court deems fit.
The case is ongoing.
Wesley Humpston v. Thomas Black et al
|Judge:||Karen L Stevenson|
|Court:||California Central District Court|
|Nature of Suit:||Copyright|
|Case Filed:||Nov 02, 2020|