All-Star LeBron James has an issue with University of Alabama football coach Nick Saban. It’s not over something Saban said, however, where’s he saying it.
The official Twitter account for Alabama football released a trailer for “Shop Talk,” with Alabama alumnus Julio Jones joining Saban and other football players for an off-the-cuff roundtable discussion in a barbershop setting.
— Alabama Football (@AlabamaFTBL) March 27, 2018
LeBron on his multimedia platform Uninterrupted, has previously released two installments of the web series “The Shop” and filmed a third, featuring the Cavs star and friends, business associates, and sports and pop culture figures having free-flowing conversations while getting haircuts.
— UNINTERRUPTED (@uninterrupted) March 6, 2018
Uninterrupted sent a letter to Alabama addressing concerns over copyright infringement and intellectual property appropriation.
“The Shop” was developed by James and Uninterrupted co-founder Maverick Carter. Its first episode, which premiered during the 2017 NBA Finals, generated approximately 4 million views across Uninterrupted.com and ESPN’s YouTube channel, according to a copy of the letter obtained by ESPN.
Your continued exploitation of ‘Shop Talk’ infringes ‘Uninterrupted’s’ copyright, trademark rights and other valuable intellectual property rights in ‘The Shop’ and significantly damages ‘Uninterrupted’s’ commercial prospects for ‘The Shop,'” the letter reads, in part.
The letter goes on to invite a conversation with Alabama before “rushing into legal proceedings.” People talking ‘shop’ in barbershops has been a thing long before Bron put it out there. This is where men come to talk about sports.
Not sure this is very fair, LeBron needs to drop the whole I need to protect my business act for a minute. Bron has a team of lawyers on retainer, so firing off a cease and desist is no big deal.