Jay Z Sued Over Roc Nation Baseball Hats
Jay Z is being sued for alleged trademark infringement over the use of Roc Nation logos on baseball apparel. The rapper and producer founded his Roc Nation entertainment company in 2008, having sold the rights to his Rocawear brand to Iconix Brand Group for $204 million the previous year 2007.
Iconix executives are now suing Jay, real name Shawn Carter, Roc Nation and Major League Baseball (MLB) as they allege they never consented to the Roc Nation logo’s use on baseball hats also bearing the badges of MLB teams.
In a complaint obtained by Pitchfork.com, lawyers for the company claim that Iconix acquired the rights to use the Roc Nation logo on clothing in the 2007 agreement as it included any “derivatives and extensions” related to the Rocawear brand.
Also named in the complaint are the New Era and Lids hat companies, who sell the apparel, and the San Francisco Giants baseball team.
Iconix bosses are demanding Jay, Roc Nation and MLB hand over any profits from the sale of the clothing, plus damages and legal costs.
According to editors at TMZ, if the lawsuit is successful, this could amount to a payout of more than $10 million.
Last year 2016, Jay Z and Damon Dash, the co-founders of the Roc-A-Fella record label, a forerunner to the Roc Nation and Rocawear brands, won a copyright infringement lawsuit over the label’s logo.
Dwayne Walker claimed he was hired to create the logo in 1995, and demanded $7 million in unpaid royalties over its use. However in September 2016, U.S. District Judge Andrew Carter dismissed the case due to a lack of evidence.