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So Shoe Me -- Van Halen Takes Nike to Court

6/16/2009 1:30 PM PDT BY TMZ STAFF

Eddie Van Halen claims Nike is guilty of walking all over him -- by saying the shoe giant jacked his trademarked black, white and red design for a new line of sneakers.

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ELVH Inc. -- Eddie's company -- filed a federal lawsuit against Nike last week, laced with allegations of copyright infringement. The suit claims a series of designs Eddie trademarked -- designs which have prominently been displayed on his guitars since 1978 -- were lifted by Nike without his consent.

The suit is not only seeking monetary retribution -- it also calls for "the impoundment and destruction of all footwear."

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1.

Foot Fetish    

hi buddies (^___^)

1766 days ago
2.

Michael Madsen    

Tennis Court??

1766 days ago
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kevin    

He's going to have a hard sell on that one. As his guitar design isn't original.

1766 days ago
4.

Wow    

Take that energy and use it for something meaningful and good. It doesn't even look like his guitar. Gimme a break!

1766 days ago
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MojoCeltica    

Wow. They really do look very similar.

1766 days ago
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kevin    

BTW Eddie needs to stop being such a Douchebag. All these years everyone thought it was just David that was a douche. No, Eddie is just as douchie.

1766 days ago
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Me!    

pal-leeze . . . .
you better haul my son into court too
he's five and draws with crayolas every day and boy!
does it look similiar to that guitar and shoe!
lol

1766 days ago
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Zonny VanRant    

Gimme a break, "Shreddie Vee" must be low on funds. Valerie has sucked him dry (literally)

1766 days ago
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Kelis    

They both look the same to me.

1766 days ago
10.

PEPSI Generation    

His newline is whocanisue.com

1766 days ago
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PEPSI Generation    

Dakota trucks and beer stratus cars.His look is ripped in the first place and he is more over the BEN

1766 days ago
12.

Don    

This is ridiculous, other than being similar in color the style is completely different.

1766 days ago
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m    

It's TRADEMARK infringement not copyright. Also, whoever said the design isn't original- if the USPTO (United States Patent & Trademark Office) deemed it original and thus issued a trademark registration (as the story indicates), then in the eyes of the courts it IS an original, protected design.

1766 days ago
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PEPSI Generation    

Yes he has a trademark but it an`t a shoe and I`d never sell that crap here.

1766 days ago
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Lucy    

"impoundment and destruction of all footwear? are you serious? how many poor people in the US and the world could use a brand new pair of sneakers! get a life, Eddie!

1766 days ago
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