A rock giant is suing a shoe giant.
Last April, Eddie Van Halen launched his “Frankenstein” sneakers titled EVH Brand Signature Striped Sneakers in partnership with New Jersey-based FEA Merchandising, a company specializing in recording-artist merchandise. The sneaker is based upon the design on his legendary early 80’s Frankestein guitars.
But just a couple of months after launching the shoes, reps for ELVH Inc., Van Halen’s company, filed a cause of action for copyright infringement in Los Angeles Federal District Court against sneaker giant, Nike. ELVH alleges that a certain Nike Dunk Low design style, infringes the copyright of the red-white-and-black pattern popularized by Van Halen on his “Frankenstein” guitar. Eddie Van Halen has held the copyright of the design since 2001.
Van Halen’s lawyers said they had no comment and would prefer to try cases in court, although their demands, as reported by WWD, are pretty clear:
Citing “irreparable harm and damage”, ELVH is asking for impoundment and destruction of all the shoes in question, as well as profits from the sale of the shoes and damages.
Reps of Nike stated:
“Based on the information provided to us, we have not infringed on any rights held by Mr. Van Halen. Nike’s Dunk shoe design is not substantially similar to any of the Van Halen designs, and Nike has not referenced the ‘Van Halen’ name or image as part of any marketing campaign or promotional material associated with the shoe.”
Here are the Van Halen-Nike objects in dispute.