Artist battles Alabama over football paintings

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By: Greg Bluestein, Associated Press
ATLANTA (AP).- Daniel Moore made a name for himself drawing iconic images of famous University of Alabama sporting events. But his work has also drawn the ire of school administrators, who claim his artistry violates the trademark rights they jealously work to protect. The 11th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals in Atlanta heard arguments on Thursday in the case, part of an ongoing legal feud between universities seeking greater control over their copyright rights and artists who claim free speech rights. Moore, who lives in Birmingham, Ala., has long worked with the school to draw iconic images that commemorate some of Alabama’s biggest sporting events. But the school and Moore broke ties after a falling out around 2000, and five years later Alabama brought the case to federal court