Bush supporter sues RNC, supplier for copyright breach over ‘W’ logo

Bush supporter sues RNC, supplier for copyright breach over ‘W’ logo

[JURIST] Texas insurance agent Jerry Gossett has sued the Republican National Committee [official website] and one of its suppliers, the Spalding Group [corporate website], alleging they stole his design for the 'W' bumper stickers used by President George W. Bush in his 2004 re-election campaign. Gossett, a Bush supporter who contributed to both of his presidential campaigns, claims to have pitched the idea to Spalding in 2001 and to then-RNC chairman Ed Gillespie in 2003. Both rejected his idea. Gossett has filed a lawsuit in federal district court seeking damages for copyright infringement and conspiracy. The RNC and its supplier deny any wrongdoing and call the lawsuit frivilous. The outcome of the case will likely hinge on similarities and differences between Gosset's design and Spalding's final product. AP has more.