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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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joecrabs    

This is exactly the kind of crap clogging the court system. This, and "gangbangers" killing eachother for some piece of crap street in the sh1tt1est part of any city in America.

751 days ago
17.

Who the Hell is Khloe    

What a loser.Why sue him now! Oh because it is the finals?

751 days ago
18.

Superman    

Well, names come and go. Never heard of the "big deal in the 80s" guy before. You think some chick in her 20s that trademarks some variation of "babe" will be known as a babe in her golden years? Get over it. Your time has past. Which brings us to this guy wanting a piece of the current action.

751 days ago
19.

Fat Mike    

"The Revolting ****s"
haha

751 days ago
20.

Johnnyeyez    

A guitarist from the 80's? Really? You played guitar for Public Enemy and the Revolting ****s and you gave yourself a nickname? Really? Um, I'm pretty sure you don't make any money now and you are using this to change that. What a tool.

751 days ago
21.

PaulWS    

This guy has no case. Here is what his trademark pertains to:
Audio recordings featuring music; Digital music downloadable from the Internet; Downloadable MP3 files, MP3 recordings, on-line discussion boards, webcasts and podcasts featuring music, audio books and news broadcasts; Downloadable musical sound recordings; Downloadable ring tones, graphics and music via a global computer network and wireless devices; Downloadable video recordings featuring music; Musical sound recordings; Musical video recordings.

751 days ago
22.

voidhead    

For those dumbass sports fans saying "no name", The Revolting ****s are way more cool than another basketball clone, sorry.

751 days ago
23.

Mr. Watusi    

Mark was using Durantula way before Kevin had pubes. Plus Mark has way more talent and brains then Kevin.

751 days ago
24.

Mr. Watusi    

Go Mark! I know you were using Durantula all along for all these years. All these haters are probably from Oklahoma City where we almost got arrested for pulling into a 7/11 to buy gas and snacks back in the day. You thought of it first.

751 days ago
25.

THE-KILLUMINATED-ONE    

Money leech , if the punk had a vag, he would try to **** him. Apperently he only acts like he has a vag, so he sues him.

751 days ago
26.

BC    

Get a life you washed up 80s hairband guitarest.....Its a freaking nickname you loser

751 days ago
27.

dick    

I can't Kevin Durant is going to the let the Heat take it in 5 games, weak ass Durantula!!

750 days ago
28.

Johnboy    

If Durant is not selling music, then it may not be a violation. Nike knows about trademarks.

750 days ago
29.

Masshole    

I honestly do not know who is worse. TMZ the idiot nobodies who post crude comments on it or this idiot guitarist who has no life at all and will easily LOSE in court.

750 days ago
30.

vincent ballou    

a lot of big guys are called 'tiny', but only the rich one will get sued. it's no different, here. this litigious society never ends, and helps drown the economy. just so you lawsuit freaks know. mark durante is contributing to bringing down the united states economy.

750 days ago
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