Appeals court set to hear Alabama trademark suit

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MONTGOMERY, Ala. (AP) -- A federal appeals court is set to hear arguments in the trademark infringement case between Birmingham sports artist Daniel Moore and the University of Alabama.

They present their cases to the U.S. 11th Circuit Court of Appeals Thursday in Atlanta.

The university filed suit in 2005 alleging that Moore violated trademark law in painting scenes from football games by showing Crimson Tide players in uniforms without permission.

The suit also claims Moore reissued previously licensed prints without paying royalties.

Moore denies violating trademark laws and says his art is protected as free speech.

U.S. District Court Judge Robert Propst ruled in 2009 that Moore's paintings did not violate trademark law, but said the sale of paintings on items like coffee mugs did infringe on Alabama's trademark.

Both sides appealed.