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Federal judge throws out case against NFL over Ravens logo

A federal judge last week threw out a Baltimore security guard's copyright infringement case against National Football League Properties, saying there was no evidence the NFL had licensed the use of the Ravens logo he'd designed to a software company.

Frederick E. Bouchat has been credited with designing the Ravens' first logo, known as the "Flying B logo," and is awaiting compensation.

In this most recent case, Bouchat claimed he wasn't getting credit for the use of the logo in some Madden NFL video games. He alleged the NFL had licensed the use of the "Flying B" logo to Electronic Arts Inc., a California-based video game maker, and subsequently profited.

U.S. District Judge Marvin Garbis released NFL from the case, claiming there was no evidence to hold the company culpable. The case against Electronic Arts will move forward.

Versions of the Madden NFL video games for XBox 360, PlayStation 3 and Nintendo Wii have a "throwback" feature that allows users to dress players in older uniforms, some of which display the "Flying B" logo.

In his ruling, Garbis said Bouchat presented "not a scintilla of evidence" that NFL Properties had licensed the use of the logo to Electronic Arts Inc. and financially benefited.

amatas@baltsun.com

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