MSK Provides Statement on Judge's Decision for Phillie Phanatic Case
MSK released a statement, via Business Wire on August 24, 2021, discussing the Judge's decision for a case involving the iconic Phillie Phanatic character.
From the release:
On August 10, 2021, Magistrate Judge Sarah Netburn of the U.S. District Court for the Southern District of New York categorically rejected the Philadelphia Phillies’ claim that they had in any way contributed under copyright law to the creation of the Phillie Phanatic or its character. This decision rightfully found that Bonnie Erickson and her husband and business partner Wayde Harrison were the sole copyright creators of the iconic Phillie Phanatic.
Our clients are gratified that the decision confirmed the undeniable truth: that they alone created and originally owned the Phillie Phanatic—baseball’s most famous and enduring mascot who is enshrined in the Baseball Hall of Fame in Cooperstown.