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Kevin Durant

Sued for Stealing

'Durantula' Nickname

6/20/2012 6:00 PM PDT BY TMZ STAFF
EXCLUSIVE

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Hoops superstar Kevin Durant is one game away from losing the NBA Finals, and now one lawsuit away from losing his famous nickname -- "Durantula" -- because a guitarist claims KD jacked it from him.

Durant was sued today in Federal Court by a guy named Mark Durante -- a guitarist who, according to the lawsuit, was a big deal in the 80s ... playing with Public Enemy, The Aliens, The Next Big Thing, and (our favorite) The Revolting Cocks.

TMZ obtained a copy of the lawsuit, in which Durante says he adopted the name "Durantula" for his "on-stage and performance persona" -- and has used it to market "music, recordings, apparel, t-shirts, guitars, and related merchandise."

Meanwhile, sports fans have adopted the handle for the Oklahoma City Thunder star and current NBA scoring champ.

Durante claims he sent KD's people a couple letters "demanding they stop using the nickname" -- but says Durant's reps claimed he wasn't using it.

In the suit though, Durante claims Nike has used the moniker to launch a shoe campaign -- and KD himself signed "Durantula" on basketballs that are for sale through his website.

The guitarist says he registered the "Durantula" trademark. He's suing for damages and an injunction stopping KD from using the name.

Calls to Nike and Durant's reps weren't immediately returned.

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1.

Butters_Creamy_Goo    

fIRST!

821 days ago
2.

Eddie    

Durantula? He looks like more of a Blacula to me.
http://tiny.cc/0xa8fw

821 days ago
3.

Kelly    

If the first Durantula doesn't have a trademark, then his case is toastula.

821 days ago
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Dustin    

haha, big deal in the 80's? The guy is a nobody now, and he was a nobody in the 80's. Another talentless hack trying to make money off another persons hard work.

821 days ago
5.

TMZISAPIECEOFSHIT    

The name is so lame I would be too embarrassed to even fight over it.

821 days ago
6.

darklord    

well if you look up Durantula you come up with a webpage for Mark Durante and it has a copyright on it from 2002 to 2012. looks like he has a good case

821 days ago
7.

I am Spartacus    

if he has it trademarked then it's a big payday for this no name. If the trademark has run out or he doesn't have it, he's just another tool looking for attention. Well either way he's a tool looking for attention.

821 days ago
8.

tutz    

While Mark Durante does indeed have a valid US trademark, I doubt anyone would ever confuse basketball with music. Which simply means Durante ain't gonna see an injunction, etc.

821 days ago
9.

Sophiecat    

Mark Durante is such a *****.

821 days ago
10.

LasVegasResidency    

Lame

821 days ago
11.

Mets811    

Kevin Durant didn't start calling himself durantuka it was a nickname given to him by fans. Its not his fault it sticks and is used to market him.

821 days ago
12.

AustinNita    

my classmate's mother makes $84/hr on the internet. She has been fired for 10 months but last month her check was $8514 just working on the internet for a few hours. Read about it on this site CashLazy.com

821 days ago
13.

Shami    

RevCo!!!!

821 days ago
14.

Majestik    

Okay, my question to this Durante that trademarked Durantula. Why did it take this guy's team being in the NBA finals, on the verge of possibly a title to bitch and complain? As it says in the post, Kevin used the name to sign autographs and they have a shoe line under that name but this guy never bitched until NOW? coughcough...yeah, whatever.

821 days ago
15.

Jizzy    

Beer, Steers and Queers!!!

821 days ago
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