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Chicago Cubs Hit With Copyright Suit Over Ivy Commemorative Item

Oct. 8, 2019, 7:39 PM

The Chicago Cubs Baseball Club LLC was hit with a copyright infringement suit over the team’s sale of commemorative ivy leaves from Wrigley Field’s outfield wall encased in lucite.

Daniel Fox alleges he invented the rectangular block commemorative, and that it is an “original work of authorship,” giving him a copyright with exclusive rights.

Fox entered into a licensing agreement with the Cubs in 1984, when they won the National League Eastern Division, which allowed him to use the team’s trademarks on the commemorative and to give the Cubs 10% of sales, according to the complaint.

When the Cubs won...

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