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LeBron sends University of Alabama letter over copyright infringement

While it's evident that the two shows are similar, the head of the legal team for 'Uninterrupted' would like to have a sit-down with the university first.


Kahron Spearman


Josh Tarnow, business and legal affairs head at "Uninterrupted," LeBron James' media company, has sent a letter to the University of Alabama suggesting that the Crimson Tide football team's new barbershop-centered YouTube show is too comparable to "Uninterrupted's" own show, "The Shop," per ESPN.

Alabama, the reigning national champions, dropped a trailer for a new show called, "Shop Talk," featuring players and head coach Nick Saban, enjoying a wide-ranging conversation while getting cuts.

'Shop Talk' is clearly using the ideas, concepts and format previously created and exploited by Uninterrupted in connection with its program titled 'The Shop,' and Uninterrupted believes 'Shop Talk' infringes the copyright in 'The Shop.'

"Your continued exploitation of 'Shop Talk' infringes 'Uninterrupted's' copyright, trademark rights and other valuable intellectual property rights in 'The Shop' and significantly damages 'Uninterrupted's' commercial prospects for 'The Shop,'" the letter by Tarnow reads, in part, per ESPN.

However, Tarnow wrote that he'd like a meeting with Alabama, before dipping into legal proceedings.

According to The Hollywood Reporter, LeBron James' name and likeness have also been brought into in another multi-million dollar suit against NBA 2K video game franchise publisher Take Two. New York federal judge has rejected Take-Two's motion to dismiss a suit about player's tattoos, and the publisher's claimed de minimis or fair use of players' ink - which could lead to other wide-ranging fair use arguments.

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