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Datsyuk Suing To Stop Alleged Use Of His Name And Likeness

from Mike Martindale of the Detroit News,

Detroit Red Wings star Pavel Datsyuk is suing an Oak Park man he alleges has been selling hockey jerseys and other clothing containing his name, number and likeness without his permission.

A hearing is scheduled for Wednesday before Oakland Circuit Judge Martha D. Anderson in the lawsuit, filed against Pasha LLC, Pasha Sportwear and Terrance Sullivan. Pasha is Datsyuk's nickname.

Anderson has issued a temporary restraining order against the group from "using any word, name, mark, likeness or combination thereof which may be calculated to falsely represent" the products are being sold with the permission of Datsyuk.

The hearing will be to determine why Anderson should not make the action a permanent injunction.


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gowings's avatar

Want to bet that once he wins, he will distribute the money to a charity? Because we all know he has class

Posted by gowings from MTL on 02/04/13 at 10:09 PM ET

shanetx's avatar

My wife is feeling very pained about the two “Moves like Datsyuk” shirts hanging in our closet. 


Posted by shanetx from Floydada, Texas on 02/04/13 at 11:15 PM ET

Juice in LA's avatar

Hey ya’ll. resident hockey lawyer fan here. Pasha probably didn’t want to sue this guy, and probably took a bunch of preliminary steps, like sending cease and desist letters. Unfortunately, a celebrity, sports figure, or brand of any kind that fails to protect said likeness, brand, celebrity, catch phrase, etc.. loses the right to own and protect them under US law. So Pavel has to fight and spend money on lawyers just to protect the use of his own likeness, name, etc…

As for people wearing/buying unlicensed gear- its doubtful that you would get sued and so you can wear it, but maybe just remember that if you buy unlicensed gear you support an industry that forces guys like Pavel Datsyuk to file lawsuits. Next time buy licensed stuff!

On the other hand if you made the shirts yourself, and are not profiting from them or selling to anyone else, it still may technically violate his intellectual property rights, but its not nearly as bad as buying from an unlicensed vendor.

But like the commenter above said, Pasha is all class and I am sure this is not about the money, and any money he wins in the case will probably go to charity.

hope this helps some concerns expressed here in the comments.

Posted by Juice in LA from Los Angeles by way of Detroit on 02/04/13 at 11:29 PM ET

redxblack's avatar

I was going to buy one of this guy’s designs. I sent an email asking why there was no NHLPA logo on the shirt (player licensed shirts bear this imprint) and got no response. Now I know why.

Pretty shady. Good for Pavel.

Posted by redxblack from Akron Ohio on 02/05/13 at 08:54 AM ET

Juice in LA's avatar

redxblack- Good for you! Going beyond the call of duty to make sure Pavel gets a piece of the action. And also, great info for people looking to do the right thing- look for the NHLPA logo (or the official license from the NHL) on the shirt to make sure its licensed!

Posted by Juice in LA from Los Angeles by way of Detroit on 02/05/13 at 12:15 PM ET

J.J. from Kansas's avatar

I didn’t buy any of the merchandise, but I (and about 240K others) were fooled by the fake Facebook page which has suddenly added the “THIS IS NOT OFFICIAL” to it’s about section.

I have since corrected to follow the confirmed Datsyuk.

That account is probably being run by a good friend and business associate of Datsyuk rather than Pavel himself, but the issue isn’t about people other than Pavs running Pavs stuff, it’s about having his permission to do it.

Posted by J.J. from Kansas on 02/05/13 at 12:39 PM ET

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