November 29, 2007

Daredevil Evel Knievel and rapper Kanye West have settled their recent trademark dispute, agreeing not to publicly disclose the terms of their settlement. As reported by the Daily Dose of IP back in December, 2006, Knievel filed suit in the U.S. District Court for the Middle District of Florida, Tampa Division, against rapper Kanye West, Roc-a-Fella Records, LLC, Chris Milk, and AOL LLC, formally alleging trademark infringement, trademark dilution, unfair competition, and unauthorized use of Knievel’s likeness by West in his music video for “Touch the Sky.” In the video, West acts as “Evel Kanyevel” and attempts to use a rocket-powered motorcycle to jump over a canyon. According to the Yahoo! News article (link below), Knievel and West settled their lawsuit “amicably”, with Knievel referring to West as “a wonderful guy” and “quite a gentleman” after they recently met to settle their dispute.

DDIP Article (December, 2006): LINK
Yahoo! News Article: LINK
Copy of the Lawsuit: LINK
Evel Knievel Official Website: LINK
Kanye West Official Website: LINK

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