Paperwonk

14 06 2008

For those of you who like to read law paperwork, Beckett message boarder i43770 has a link to a supposed copy of Topps/CMG’s request for a temporary restraining order against Upper Deck.

In the paperwork is part of the agreement from Topps/CMG. It reads:

Under the Agreements, TOPPS acquired the following Legends’ Intellectual Property Rights:

The exclusive right and license, subject to the limitations contained herein, to use the Property in connection with the Cards [trading cards] as outlined below:

    • Property’s name, likeness, and/or statistical data on or in connection with the manufacture, production, marketing, distribution and sale of all trading card products including, but not limited to base Cards, relic Cards featuring authentic cut signatures and/or pieces of game used equipment such as bats, jerseys, caps, etc., event/milestone Cards, advertising and/or promotional Cards, game Cars, digital/electronic Cards, and stickers. (Exhibit A, p. 1.)

I’m not a lawyer, but it seems that Upper Deck could technically release a card with a jersey swatch as long as it does not reference who’s swatch it is. Of course, that wouldn’t make much sense.

For those that don’t want to read 18 pages, the suit states that since CMG and Topps have announced an exclusive agreement, Upper Deck’s release makes CMG look unconcerned for their clients and makes Topps look like liars to collectors and retailers.

I’m not sure why I’ve become so enthralled by this one, but I’ll keep you posted as more is discovered.

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2 responses

16 06 2008
Harner

Hey, you might want to check your title. Paperwonk?

16 06 2008
handcollated

A “wonk” is one of those types who loves to study an issue throughly, and since this is the paperwork for someone who would want to study this issue more, I thought it a fitting title.

I guess “wonk” is more used in the political blogs then in card blogs. Maybe I’m looking to appeal to the crossovers…

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