Musician Eddie Van Halen filed a cause of action for copyright infringement on Friday in a Los Angeles court against Nike, the makers of NYX Dunk Low Premium athletic sneakers that feature his Frankenstein design – see shoe design below.
ELVH, a Van Halen company, contends that the similar Nike design caused irreparable harm and damage and asked for the seizure and destruction of all the sneakers, confiscation of the profits and damages.
Nike issued the following statement: “Based on the information provided to us, we have not infringed on any rights held by Mr. Van Halen. Nike’s Dunk shoe design is not substantially similar to any of the Van Halen designs, and Nike has not referenced the ‘Van Halen’ name or image as part of any marketing campaign or promotional material associated with the shoe.”
View the sneaker in question below. What do you think? Does EVH have a legitimate beef?