Van Halen Rocks Nike With A Lawsuit

Rocker Eddie says Nike swiped sneaker pattern from his guitar

By Emily Feldman
|  Thursday, Jun 18, 2009  |  Updated 8:00 AM PDT
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Van Halen Rocks Nike With A Lawsuit

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Eddie Van Halen isn't smiling about Nike's new kicks.

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Eddie Van Halen says Nike is stepping on his toes, so he's taking them to court.

Van Halen's company ELVH accuses Nike of snatching a color pattern he copyrighted in 2001, according to Rolling Stone.

The red, black and white color design made famous by his Frankenstrat guitar was recently licensed for a line of sneakers the rocker hopes to release. But ELVH says Nike beat them to the punchh, with a pattern on the bottom of Nike's new Dunk Lows that resembles the guitar pattern too closely.

The group is demanding “the impoundment and destruction of all footwear” that uses this pattern in question. 

A Nike spokesman told Rolling Stone that “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.”

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