Designer Sues 'Conan' Film Studio Over Logo

Nov 2, 2011 - LegalZoom News Sources
A designer has sued the studio behind the Jason Momoa film "Conan the Barbarian" for copyright infringement.

Graphic designer Bill Dawson recently filed a copyright infringement lawsuit against Millennium Films, alleging the studio has been unlawfully using a logo Dawson created.

In his suit, Dawson contends he created a number of possible logo designs for Millennium after verbally negotiating an agreement with an agent for Technicolor Creative Services, which shopped Dawson's designs to the studio, according to the Hollywood Reporter. Though the studio allegedly passed on Dawson's logos, the designer says Millennium is actually using one of his creations, which entitles him to more money under the agreement he worked out with Technicolor.

On his blog, Dawson described discovering Millennium's use of the logo at the end of a preview for the studio's "Conan the Barbarian" film. Dawson wrote he was proud to see his logo on screen, and he posted other designs which he said were submitted for the studio's consideration.

The designer is seeking $200,000 in damages related to copyright infringement and breach of contract, according to THR. Neither Millennium nor its parent company, Nu Image, responded to the source's requests for comment.

A logo is at issue in another ongoing lawsuit, in which computer giant Apple sued a Chinese food company, Fangguo. The website Gizmodo suggested Fangguo's logo more closely resembles tech company LG's logo than Apple's.